I would like to activate the feature that automatically generates a building structure on the right side of the navigation area. More precisely, I would like to select the following menu item:

"Managed Navigation: Navigation elements are displayed using a managed metadata expression set"

So I select this radiobutton and select my desired expression set . However, when I click on OK and want to save, the following error message appears: "Sorry, you do not have access. "When I click on Request Access, I get a request from myself, because I am the owner of this Sitecollection (or whatever web pages are called in SharePoint) I have been playing around with permissions for so long, creating new websites and so much more... it just doesn't work, no matter what I try.

  • Are you in the owners group, or a site collection admin? It's possible that you need to be a site collection admin to set managed navigation.
    – willman
    Jan 26, 2020 at 2:56
  • Hello, I have created this SharePoint website. So I'm in the "owner of..." group. I also added myself as a separate user and assigned myself the permission level "Full access".
    – su3n
    Jan 27, 2020 at 14:45

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If you are using a Modern experience site, I am afraid you are out of luck. As per the callout box on this support article, "Managed navigation is only available on sites that use the SharePoint classic experience".

If you did create this as a "classic" site, be sure to enable the "SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure" feature on the site collection level. See Enable publishing features.

  • Okay, it's catastrophic for my organization. Are there alternatives? We use SharePoint as a wiki. So we create modern pages in the standard library and in a newly added column we specify that it is a wiki page. The views are filtered accordingly so that only wiki pages are displayed. In addition, we have a column with a managed expression set and we don't just want to filter by it, but give users an orientation at first sight, if you know what I mean. So it would have been very helpful if the navigation menu would have included the expressions or tags and you could click through.
    – su3n
    Jan 28, 2020 at 10:25

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