As part of an SPO site creation script, I'm trying to get newly created document libraries automatically added to the Quick Launch navigation links.

I'm running this code:

$SPOCredentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($userName,$password)

$Ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($siteUrl)
$Ctx.Credentials = $SPOCredentials

$web = $Ctx.Web
    $navColl = $web.Navigation.QuickLaunch
    $newNavNode = New-Object 
    $newNavNode.Title = "External Documents"
    $newNavNode.Url = "External Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx"
    $newNavNode.AsLastNode = $false



But it's returning this:

format-default : The collection has not been initialized. It has not been requested or the request has not been executed. It may need to be explicitly requested.
+ CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [format-default], CollectionNotInitializedException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.CollectionNotInitializedException,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.FormatDefaultCommand

Any ideas please?


  • Remove $web.Update() and check ? Its not needed – Gautam Sheth Jul 3 '18 at 16:25
  • can you change the URL to $newNavNode.Url = $siteUrl + "External Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx" and check ? – Gautam Sheth Jul 4 '18 at 9:26
  • Still the same... If I run it line by line, it is when I get to this part that I see the initialization error: '$navColl.Add($newNavNode)' – Tom Urwin Jul 4 '18 at 10:41

You also need to initialise the Navigation Node collection.

Just add $Ctx.Load($navColl.Add($newNavNode)) to the script

Modify your code as below so that it looks something like :

$web = $Ctx.Web
$navColl = $web.Navigation.QuickLaunch
$newNavNode = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.NavigationNodeCreationInformation
$newNavNode.Title = "External Documents"
$newNavNode.Url = $siteUrl + "External Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx"
$newNavNode.AsLastNode = $false

  • cheers, happy to help ! :) You can mark it as answer by ticking the checkmark besides the answer. You can refer how to do that here – Gautam Sheth Jul 4 '18 at 12:57

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