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Welcome to the Stanford Sites 4.0 User Guide. 

Enable drop-down navigation menu

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Stanford Sites provides the option for main navigation drop-down menus.

Drop-down menus are designed with “split button” functionality so users can access both the landing page and the drop-down menu through the main site navigation. This allows content editors to develop high-impact landing pages for users that are new to the site, while providing direct access to nested content for users already familiar with the site. 


Best practice: Learn more about When and How to Use Drop-Down Menus to support effective communication and user experience.

Using the drop-down

Users can click on the menu link title (in the example below, Research) to access the landing page (/research), or click on the toggle icon to open and close the drop-down menu.

Access Landing Page by clicking "Research"

Dropdown Menu clicked on "Research" Landing Page

Access drop-down by clicking toggle icon

Menu with dropdown open

Drop-down with additional nesting

Drop-down menu with additional nesting

Menu links are organized according to the structure you set at [your site url]/admin/structure/menu/manage/main and additional menu link nesting is supported. Only menu links with nested content will display a toggle icon.


Enabling drop-down menus

Site managers now have the ability to enable drop-down menus within the site settings config page.

  1. In the Administrative Toolbar, select Manage (if needed), then hover over Configuration > System > Site Settings.
Screenshot illustrating how to Enable drop-down navigation menu
  1. Check the box next to Use drop-down menus to enable the drop-down menu.
  1. Adjust the drop-down menu depth if desired.
    1. Select a drop-down menu depth, e.g. 2. 

  1. The drop-down menu will look like this:
  1. Stanford Sites defaults to the maximum number of levels with an empty field. The same drop-down menu will appear like this:
  1. Click Save.

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Manage Site Search

Site managers have the ability to hide the site search functionality within the site settings configuration page.