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Navigation Bar

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2015 11:39PM BST
Customizing Your Navigation Bar (List of Pages) Overview
Your navigation bar is like a special kind of page in your wiki. You can edit it in pretty much the same way, adding links and formatting text, but it has some extra rules and restrictions for how things appear. The steps below should help you get the navigation bar you want.

The default navigation bar
By default, we put a Navigation Widget on your navigation bar. It lets the organizer of a wiki set up a navigation bar that lists all pages and/or pages with the tags they select, then arrange those pages in the way that works best for the wiki. The default navigation bar also lets every logged-in user who visits the wiki see all the pages from that wiki that they have flagged as Favorites.

Customizing your wiki's default navigation bar
You can introduce Tags to introduce groups of pages on your wiki's navigation bar.
  1. Go to Pages and Files.
  2. Select pages belonging to the same category.
  3. Click on Edit Tags, and input the tag name.
  4. Repeat the process until all of your pages are categorized.
  5. Click on 'edit navigation' (at the bottom of the navigation bar).
  6. Click on the X mark next to All Pages.
  7. Input all relevant tag names onto the Tag field-box.
Replacing the default navigation
By default, we put a Navigation widget on your navigation bar. It gives you special options as an organizer for arranging your wiki navigation. These steps will let you get rid of this list so that you can replace it with a list of your own:
  1. Go to your wiki.
  2. On the side bar, under the list of pages, click the edit navigation link.
  3. After the navigation editor expands, click the edit navigation page link.
  4. You will see a blue box that says, "Include navigation." Delete this box by selecting it and pressing Delete on your keyboard. Your page is now blank — don’t worry, that’s supposed to happen.
  5. Add your links manually in the order you want them to appear. The section below will walk you through adding different types of links.
  6. Once you have your pages linked in the order you want, hit Save.
    Note that if you have deleted the Navigation widget but have not manually added any links, your navigation bar will be blank. This just means that your navigation bar is clear — it does not mean that you have lost any of your pages. If this happens, click edit navigation again and follow the steps below to add links.
Linking to other pages in your wiki
  1. Go to your wiki.
  2. On the side bar, under the list of pages, click the edit navigation link. This will open the navigation widget editor. Click on 'edit navigation page' to open the visual navigation page editor.
  3. Click the Link button in the editor toolbar.
  4. In the Link Text field, type in the link as you would like it to appear. If you don’t type anything in this field, the link will automatically appear as the name of the page you are linking to. For example, if you are linking to the “Trees of North America” page on your wiki and you want the link to appear as just the word “Trees,” type in “Trees” here. Otherwise, the link will appear as the full “Trees of North America.”
  5. The name of the current wiki will appear in the Wiki field. Do not change this.
  6. In the Page Name field, select the page from the drop-down list (using the same example, you would select “Trees of North America”).
  7. Click the Add Link button.
  8. On a new line, repeat steps 4–8.
  9. Continue as necessary until you’ve added all your links.
  10. Hit Save.
Adding text without links
You may also want to add directional text, comments, or headers to you navigation bar without adding links. You don’t need any special steps to do this — just click the edit navigation link, put in the text as you want it to appear, and hit Save when you’re done.

Getting the default list of pages back
If you ever decide you want to get the default list of pages back, just take these steps:
  1. Go to your wiki.
  2. On the side bar, under the list of pages, click the edit navigation link.
  3. After the navigation editor expands, click the edit navigation page link.
  4. Delete anything that you may have added to your navigation bar.
  5. Click the Widget button in the toolbar.
  6. From the Widget menu, select Insert Navigation Widget.
  7. Click Insert Navigation Widget.
  8. Hit Save.
Adding an alphabetical list of all pages
If you just want an alphabetical list of the pages in your wiki without the functionality of the Navigation widget, it's easy to add one:
  1. Go to your wiki.
  2. On the side bar, under the list of pages, click the edit navigation link.
  3. After the navigation editor expands, click the edit navigation page link.
  4. Delete anything that you may have added to your navigation bar.
  5. Click the Widget button in the toolbar.
  6. From the Widget menu, select List of Wiki Pages.
  7. If you want the home page to appear at the top of the list, check the Move Home Page to Top box. If you want the home page to appear alphabetically in the “H” position, leave the box unchecked.
  8. By default, we will list up to ten pages. You can change this number if you would like to list more (or fewer) pages.
  9. Click Embed Page List.
  10. Hit Save.
Still have questions? Contact Wikispaces support
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