The global navigation of my site automatically includes links to the sub-sites (c/o the 'Show Subsite' checkbox). These auto-included navigation links aren't editable (at least, not through the standard method of highlighting the nav item and clicking the 'edit' button - which itself is greyed-out for the auto nav items).

The URLs of these subsites nav items all point to the relevant site's main folder by default i.e. http://intranet/site1. Except for one, which is pointing to http://intranet/site2/default.aspx.

I suspect at some point this site had a different home page set and it was later changed back by specifically setting default.aspx as the new home page.

This particular site doesn't work with the standard nav item highlighting functionality as the relevant (default) 'selected' CSS classes aren't applied to the list item.

The only difference between this item and the other auto ones is the URL specifying the file rather than the folder so I'd like to know -

Is it possible to change this URL and where do I it?

Edit: I can confirm that setting a page as the homepage within any sub-site breaks the OOTB sub-site navigation options & highlighting in SharePoint 2010. Does anyone know where I might be able to fix this or see the variables used within SharePoint Manager 2010 v2?

  • If anyone knows where in the database this information is stored so I can update it, I'd love to know! Not sure if that'd be the quick & kosher fix.
    – Beeblebrox
    Commented Dec 9, 2011 at 5:38
  • No, it isn't. Updating the database directly will put you in an unsupported state. Commented Dec 9, 2011 at 16:36

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I just encountered the highlighting problem. As impossible as it may sound, if you include a page or even a slash in the URL, highlighting won't work. http://intranet/site1 will have proper highlighting, http://intranet/site1/ will fail.

You can try to hide the URL that causes the problem and add a new heading with the same URL without the page and ending slash, eg. http://intranet/site2


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