Customize the navigation on your team site

You can add, remove, or edit the links on the Top link bar or the Quick launch bar (on the side) to customize your site's navigation. To get started, click one of the EDIT LINKS options on the page.

Edit links

Change links in the Top link bar: Click EDIT LINKS near top (see "1").

Change links in the Quick launch bar: Click EDIT LINKS on the side (see "2").

Note:  If you don’t see EDIT LINKS, you might not have the right permission, or your admin might have customized the site to not include the EDIT LINKS option. You need to be a site owner or be given permission before you can customize a site to change the links.

  1. Go to the Site Contents page: Click Settings Office 365 Settings button , and then click Site contents.

  2. Click EDIT LINKS on the Quick Launch or Top link bar, depending on where you want to add a link.

  3. Click the app you want to add, and then drag it to where you want it to be on the Quick Launch or Top link bar.

    Drag app from Site Contents to navigation

  4. Click Save.

To add a link to another site, type in the URL.

  1. Click EDIT LINKS on the Quick Launch or Top link bar, depending on where you want to add a link.

  2. Click + link.

  3. Enter a display name for the link and a target location, making sure you include the http://.

  4. Click OK to add the new link to the Quick Launch or Top link bar.

  5. Click Save.

  1. Click EDIT LINKS on the Quick Launch or Top link bar, depending on where you want to edit a link.

  2. Rename: Click directly on the link you want to rename and start typing the new name. Click outside the name, and then click Save.

  3. Remove: Click the X corresponding to the link to remove it from the navigation panel, then click Save.

Renaming a link doesn't affect the page that the link references.

  1. Click EDIT LINKS on the Quick Launch or Top link bar depending on the location of the link that you want to move.

  2. Select the link that you want to move, and then drag it to its new position in the navigation area.

  3. Repeat these steps for each link you want to move.

  4. When finished, click Save.

For sites in site collections where publishing features are enabled, you have more navigation options to choose from, including showing subsites and displaying the same navigation as a site's parent site navigation (also called inheriting parent navigation). If you don't see these options, check with your site administrator.

  1. On the site where you want to change navigation settings, click Settings Office 365 Settings button , and then click Site settings.

  2. On the Site Settings page, click Look and Feel.

  3. Choose options for the Quick Launch or Top Link bar, for example, to show subsites or to display the same navigation as the parent site (inherit parent navigation).

The links that appear on the left side of your site are called Quick Launch links. By default, Quick Launch includes links to recent items as well as important items like lists and libraries. The links at the top, in the Top Link bar, typically show subsites under your site.

Quick Launch

When you create a new list or library, a new link appears automatically under Recent on Quick Launch. Only the five newest links appear in the Recent section.


The Recent link on the Quick Launch displays the recently created pages, lists, and libraries

Note:  When you create a new page, it doesn't automatically appear in Quick Launch. You have to create a link to the page and add it yourself.

Top Link bar

You can also customize the navigation links on the Top Link bar of your site to change capitalization, rearrange the order, or add links to the subsites that users visit most often.

Top navigation of a site

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