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Under Site Settings>Navigation, I incorrectly checked the Show subsites box under Current Navigation. This enabled a link to all subsites in my left pane (which I did not want). Instead of going back to the Navigation settings (which probably would have avoided this issue), I clicked Edit Links from my main site and was able to hide the subsites (but not remove them, which I was fine with).

The only problem was that after I clicked Save, SharePoint deleted all of the other current navigation links that we had to our team site libraries and lists. Can someone please explain why it removed those links? Nothing was changed accept to Show subsites in that pane and nothing was deleted.

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It seems the SharePoint Online issue, it not occurs in my SharePoint 2013/2016 environment.

If you want to hide the sub sites in current navigation, we can go to Site Settings>Navigation>Structural Navigation: Editing and Sorting, and show or hide subsites links in here.

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  • Interesting. I'm still not sure why it removed my original libraries though. I saw that I could hide the subsites (which i did). I ended up just unchecking the box for including subsites because i can't see a use for them there. I just thought it was very curious that by including the subsites, it would remove the original links that were there just from editing he links on the left pane. – Catherine Dec 7 '18 at 18:43
  • I can reproduce this issue in SharePoint Online, you can submit a feedback for the SharePoint Online to get more helps. – LZ_MSFT Dec 10 '18 at 1:25
  • Having thought this through more, whatever I changed must have overwritten what I had before. Still strange and very annoying. – Catherine Jun 28 at 16:23

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