How to create global navigation submenu levels in SharePoint 2010

In an earlier post, found HERE, I walked you through how to add dropdown menus to the SharePoint 2010 global navigation.  I've had several questions around how to add additional sub menus simliar to those seen below.  Adding these submenus requires you to customize SharePoint within the sites Master Page.






To make the changes, follow these simple steps:

1.  Open the site in SharePoint Designer by choosing Site Actions > Edit in SharePoint Designer

2.  From the left hand navigation, choose Master pages and in then click the appropriate Master Page.  In this example I selected the v4.master.  When promted to checkout, choose yes.






3.  Once the Master Page has loaded, select to view it in Code mode, which can be found at the bottom of the screen.

4.  At this point you will need to search the code for the keyword "Orientation".  This will bring you to the section of code where we need to make our changes.  It will look somethign like this:




5.  At this point you can enter your values for StaticDisplayLevels and MaximumDynamicDisplay Levels.

  • StaticDisplayLevels is the number of levels of sub navigation to show by default
  • MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels is the number of levels of sub navigation to show as flyouts when hovered over.

6.  Once you have entered your values save the changes to the Master Page by right-clicking on the file name and choosing Save.







7.  Finally, right-click on the file name and choose to Check In.  When prompted, choose to publish a major version.  Once complete visit your site again and verify your changes!!

Good luck!  If you are looking for additional SharePoint help, contact me today at matt.breski (at) to receive more information on our SharePoint Support Program!


Comments for How to create global navigation submenu levels in SharePoint 2010

Name: Chris
Time: Thursday, May 24, 2012

great tip but how can i create links via the navigation menu after making these adjustments to the master file?

Name: sean
Time: Thursday, August 23, 2012

I could not get this to modify the drop down menu for the "top navigation menu."

Name: dev
Time: Friday, April 19, 2013

I did this but how do I add new sub menu titles on the menu? through 'Navigation' --> Add links/Headings doesnt allow it

Name: Krutika
Time: Thursday, August 22, 2013


I understood the solution, but the question here is Under Department > Infrastructure ..Hardware link is getting displayed as submenu. Is it a subsite or a link added ? If it is a link - How have you added that link ?


Name: Jason
Time: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Now how can I add a 3rd tier using the "Navigation" menu?

Name: Neal
Time: Monday, March 9, 2015


Any way to do this with Links within the body of the page or with the Quick Launch items?

Name: Deathstalker
Time: Monday, April 6, 2015

So I had the same problem everyone else is having and it has taken me forever but I did finally figure it out I think.

In order to add an addition sub menu item you have to add a sub site.

In sharepoint designer after you edit the master page click on subsites. You should then see a list of all the subsites they should correspond to the navigation menu option names. Select the one you want to add an additional menu item to. Then right click and select open site. From there you should see subsites. Click new and add one from the preselected template types. Set the folder location. After that it will create it unfortunately it does not let you give it a name but once created you can go back and right click it and change the name.

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