Quick Launch Bar in SharePoint 2010

Most pages in SharePoint 2010 display a list of navigation links on the Quick Launch bar along the left side of the page. The Quick Launch bar displays links to featured site content such as lists, libraries, sites, and publishing pages.

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The Quick Launch bar includes two very important links:

  • All Site Content link: The All Site Content link is important because it lets you quickly view all the lists, libraries, and sites that you have permission to access. Users with the Create Subsites permissions can access the Create button on the All Site Content page.

    You can append the text _layouts/viewlsts.aspx to the web address of any SharePoint site to access the All Site Content link.

  • Recycle Bin: A link to the Recycle Bin appears at the bottom of the Quick Launch bar. Content deleted by users is saved to the Recycle Bin, where it can be restored.

For some reason, site designers like to remove the Recycle Bin link. The Recycle Bin is a completely harmless feature that can actually be quite helpful. If you don’t see this link on your sites, ask somebody why not.

The Quick Launch bar appears on all site pages except those related to completing administrative tasks, such as adding new users. You can disable the Quick Launch bar for a site or control what appears on the bar.

You can manage the Quick Launch bar very similarly to the Top Link bar; however, the Quick Launch bar doesn’t inherit from the parent site. Instead, the items that appear in the Quick Launch bar are determined by the settings in the site template you use when you create a site.

Each list or library contained in a site can display a link to itself on the Quick Launch bar. Site templates, such as the Team Site template, set this flag automatically. For example, the Team Site template displays links to all lists and libraries created in the site except the Announcements list.

You can easily add or remove a list or library from the Quick Launch bar using the list’s settings:

  1. Browse to the list or library you wish to remove from the Quick Launch bar on a site.

    For example, in a site using the Team Site template, click the link in the Quick Launch bar or click the View All Site Content link to browse to a list not included on the Quick Launch bar, such as the Announcements list.

  2. Choose Settings→List Settings or Settings→Library Settings.

    The Customize page appears.

  3. In the General Settings section, click the Title, Description and Navigation link.

    The General Settings page appears.

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  4. In the Navigation section, indicate whether to include the list or library in the Quick Launch bar.

  5. Click the Save button.

    The links in the Quick Launch bar update to reflect your changes.

SharePoint also provides a Quick Launch page that behaves very similarly to the Top Link Bar page. You access the Quick Launch page by clicking the Quick Launch link in the Look and Feel section of the site’s Site Settings page.

You also can disable the Quick Launch bar entirely for a site. You can add a site hierarchy called a Tree View to the left navigation panel instead of the Quick Launch bar. If you leave the Quick Launch bar enabled, the Tree View appears below the Quick Launch bar. To perform either of these tasks, follow these steps:

  1. Browse to the Site Settings page for the site you wish to manage.

  2. In the Look and Feel section, click the Tree View link.

    The Tree View page appears.

  3. In the Enable Quick Launch section, indicate whether to enable or disable the Quick Launch bar.

  4. In the Enable Tree View section, indicate whether to enable or disable a Tree View in the Quick Launch bar.

  5. Click OK.

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