in Sharepoint 2019 On-Premise, the root web of a site collection has the settings:

"Navigation"->"Global Navigation"->"Structural Naviation: Display the navigation items below the current site" with "Show subsites" checked, and "maximum number of dynamic items" set to 100.

Subsites of the root web are:


When viewing any page in Modern Experience, the Global Navigation is shown with a dropdown arrow:

Site1⌄ Site2

However, in Classic Experience, the links are shown without hierarchy, flatly next to each other, beginning with a link to the /SitePages/Home.aspx of the root web:

LinkToRootWebHome Site1 Site1.1 Site1.2 Site2

Is there some setting that must be enabled specifically for Classic Experience?


In the SharePoint classic experience, by design, structural navigation shows as LinkToRootWebHome Site1 Site1.1 Site1.2 Site2

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