I have a master page that I wrote from scratch and applied through the Design Manager to one of my site collections. I would like to add the 2010-style breadcrumb and/or navigate-up flyout button in to this page, but the ms-breadcrumb term does not exist (nor does anything similar) and when I add the snippet for the breadcrumb it only displays site structure and not library/folder like the 2010 version did. (Both methods are referenced here)

Is there a solution to one or both of these behaviors? Do I need to add more than just the snippet since I am using a 100% custom master page?

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It seems the reference term has changed in 2013.

You can add the breadcrumbs in 2013 by adding the following snippet to your master page:

<!--MS:<asp:sitemappath runat="server" sitemapproviders="SPSiteMapProvider,SPXmlContentMapProvider" rendercurrentnodeaslink="false" hideinteriorrootnodes="true">-->

Source http://blog.amtopm.be/2013/01/04/sp2013-adding-breadcrumbs/

  • Please, do not only provide links as answer. Copy the essence if the post here, and make sure to link to the source as well :) Oct 18, 2013 at 12:10
  • Sorry, I was just looking for the same thing, came across this question and then found the answer myself so thought id help out.
    – DrRemi
    Oct 18, 2013 at 13:03
  • No problem, it is not easy to know. The reason behind it is that the link can go bad, so if we have the essence here, is will still be useful! Oct 18, 2013 at 14:14

You can accomplish this in a few different ways. First, you can unhide the control in the master page itself, see my blog post about that: http://www.sharepointjohn.com/sharepoint-2013-restore-breadcrumb-navigate-up-navigation/. Basically you find this code in the master page and remove the display:none style from the parent and visible=false attribute on the control:

<div class="ms-breadcrumb-dropdownBox" style="display:none;">
<SharePoint:AjaxDelta id="DeltaBreadcrumbDropdown" runat="server">

Also mentioned in that blog post is how to restore the breadcrumb control with backend code. I have also packaged up that solution here: http://www.sharepointjohn.com/sharepoint-2013-restore-breadcrumb-navigate-up-navigation-part-2/. You can just deploy the solution to your farm, activate the feature, and voila, your breadcrumb is there.

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