The Right Way to Enable the QuickLaunch Fly Out Menu in SharePoint 2013
I don’t know about you, but I hate having a lot of items immediately visible on the quick launch:
Today, I will be showing you how to enable the Fly Out Menu for the Quick Launch in SharePoint 2013 so your Quick Launch looks similar to this:
(Please note you must be logged in as a System Account)
1. Enable the following on the Top Level Site:
a. From the Site Collection Features: **SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure**
b. From Site Features: **SharePoint Server Publishing**
2. Open the top level site SharePoint Designer 2013
3. Navigate to “Master Pages” on the quick launch:
4. Right click on **seattle.html** and select **Copy**:
5. Paste this into the master pages
6. Rename this file to whatever you wish, I’ve chosen “Portland” here:
7. After renaming to “Portland,” the file automatically makes a .master file
8. Click the Portland.html file
9. Select **Edit File**:
10. Now you need to find the area that defines the quick launch menu, the name of this area is `V4QuickLaunchMenu` (what I do is CTRL + F and just type in V4, it’s the first thing that shows up; line 297)
11. On lines 320 and 322 (StaticDisplayLevels and MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels) make it so that the =”3” and =”0” is 1 instead of 3 and 0. Here is what I mean:
12. Now right click on the “Portland” Tab, select **Close** and save the changes
13. Now, navigate to your site.
14. Select the Cog drop down from the top right and select **Site Settings**
15. Select **Master Pages and Page Layouts** from the **Web Designer Galleries** section
16. Find your “Portland.html” page
17. Open the drop down menu for the Portland.html document and select **Publish a Major Version** and select **OK**
18. Now, navigate to **Master Page** in the **Look and Feel** section of **Site Settings**
19. Select the drop down for both **Site Master Page** and **System Master Page** and make it so the selection is your “Portland” Master
a. In order for all of your subsites to inherit this master page, you must select the check box underneath each drop down.
20. Your **Site Master Page Settings** will look like this:
21. Select **OK**
22. Congratulations, you have enabled the Fly Out Menu on the Quicklaunch for all of your sites.
Please Note: after you create a sub-site, SharePoint will not automatically enable the Fly Out Menu on the quick launch, you will need to complete steps 19-21 from the top level site each time you create a new site (Trust me, this is faster than using SharePoint designer to add the .Master file in every time you create a new site).
Jesse Phillips-Mead loves long walks on the beach and Microsoft Visio 2013. Follow his insights into Visio at @VisioValkyrie.