Customising SharePoint (MOSS) Global Navigation drop down levels on system pages

Posted on 2010-01-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I recently discovered how to increase the number of drop down levels displayed on the SharePoint global navigation menu at Heather Solomon's site

I haven't been as lucky in determining how I might do the same for system pages (_layouts/) whose look and feel is controlled by the APPLICATION.MASTER page.

I opened this in SPD and could not find the same MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels= value as shown in the code snippet below.

Is there a way I can do what I'm trying to do here, and if so, how?















	  CssClass="ms-topNavContainer"><StaticMenuStyle/><StaticMenuItemStyle CssClass="ms-topnav"

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Question by:drewberrylicious
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    for the system masterpage just go into the site collection or the site page and going site actions, site settings, under look adn feel goto master pages and ensure the system page i drawing the same default master andyou should be good
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    okay i was wrong. disreguard this one
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    here is a good write up on app masters.

    the application masters pges that are created dont lend themselves to a subsite there things like dropdowns dont make sense to there, and that is why such scripting is not in the masterpage.  Unless somecan tell me differant.

    Hope this helps
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    Microsoft did not intend to allow extensive customization of the system pages.  It's tricky and if you make a mistake you can destroy UI administration access.  I've had to tell a few people that tried it that they need to rebuild their farm.

    I manage a very experienced Sharepoint Developer and he managed to change the look and feel but it was tricky and still isn't perfect because he keeps running into limits.

    Author Comment

    Thanks all for your comments.  

    I have seen the idea of renaming the layouts folder previously.

    This however doesn't answer my key question which is how I can get second, third, forth etc level links/sites to display.

    The OOTB application master page displays second level subsites (if show subsites option is enabled on each site), but that's as far is it goes...I figure there should logically be a way to extend this???

    Author Closing Comment

    Unfortunately I didn't find the solution I wanted here, but accepted the limitation of the application master pages.

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