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Most clients usually want a static menu that doesn’t change anytime someone decides to publish an article page. You accomplish this by deselecting the Show Pages and Show Subsites options in the navigation settings for each SharePoint 2010 site. You can then manually enter whatever navigation you want to appear in the global and current navigation for each site.

To manually configure your navigation items:

  1. Browse to the site you want to configure and then choose Site Settings→Modify Navigation.

  2. Scroll down to the Navigation Editing and Sorting section.

    This section shows a hierarchy of your global and current navigation items. The items you see here depend on the settings you make in the global navigation and current navigation settings of the page. For example, if you select the Show Subsites in Global Navigation option, you see subsites listed in this section of the page.

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  3. To add a new navigation to your global or current navigation, click the place in the hierarchy where you want to add the item.

  4. Click the Add Heading button to add a new heading, or click the Add Link button to add a new link.

    Here is the Add Heading dialog box. The Add Link dialog box looks exactly the same. A heading doesn’t require a web address or URL. That is, you can use a heading to contain links without requiring that the heading point to anything in the browser.

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  5. Enter the details for the navigation item.

    You have these options:

    • Title: The text you enter in this field appears in the navigation menu.

    • URL: Enter the page where the item links to. This is an optional field for headings.

    • Open Link in New Window: Select this check box to open the link in a new window.

    • Description: The text you enter in this field displays as a ToolTip when someone hovers over the navigation item.

    • Audience: Use this text box to filter the navigation item so that only members of the selected audience can see the navigation item.

    Get creative about adding navigation items.

  6. Click OK to save your heading or link.

    The heading appears in the site’s navigation hierarchy. Use the Move Up or Move Down buttons to reposition the item in the hierarchy.

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  7. Repeat Steps 3–6 to add more links and headings to your navigation hierarchy.

  8. Use the Hide and Edit buttons to make additional changes to the hierarchy.

    Click the Hide button to mark items in the hierarchy that shouldn’t appear in the site’s navigation. Click the Edit button to modify the title, description, link, or audience for a navigation item.

  9. Click OK to save your navigation settings.

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