Applications using newer themes, such as Universal Theme - 42, provide navigation with navigation menus.
126.96.36.199 About Navigation Menus
A navigation menu is list with hierarchical list entries.
When you create an application, the Create Application Wizard automatically creates a navigation menu for you and populates it with list entries linking to the application pages you have created. Navigation menus are controlled at the theme and user interface level. You can change how and where a navigation menu displays by editing Navigation Menu attributes on the User Interface page. Types of navigation menus include Side Menu, Top Menu, or Mega Menu.
Side Navigation Menu
Users can expand or collapse the Side Navigation Menu by clicking on the menu icon from the header. This navigation menu renders the navigation items using a tree component that enables users to expand or collapse sub items. Based on the available space, Side Navigation Menu displays a full menu (as show below), or collapses to a narrow icon bar. You can also configure a navigation menu to be completely hidden (default) or to display a narrow icon bar when collapsed using Template Options.
The following example shows an application with a Side Navigation Menu.
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Top Navigation Menu
A Top Navigation Menu displays at the top of the application. You can control how the menu displays by choosing between two templates:
Top Navigation Tabs - The Top Navigation Tabs template renders your application navigation as tabs and is ideally suited for simple applications where you have six or fewer tabs. This template automatically positions to the bottom of the screen for small screen or mobile devices.
Top Navigation Menu - The Top Navigation Menu template renders your application navigation as a menu bar, similar to what you find on most desktop applications. Developers commonly use this option for more complex applications with several layers of hierarchy within the navigation.
The following example shows an application with a Top Navigation Menu that uses the Top Navigation Menu template.
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Mega Menu Navigation
The Top Navigation Mega Menu template renders your application navigation in a pop-up panel that can be opened or closed from the header menu button. Users can expand or collapse a Mega Menu by clicking on the menu icon from the header. Mega menus are especially useful when you want to display all navigation items at once to your user.
The following example shows an application with a Mega Menu using the Top Navigation Mega Menu template.
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188.8.131.52 About Editing Navigation Menu Lists
Since a Navigation menu is a list, you create and edit in the same way as any other list.
You can access Navigation menus in Shared Components in the Navigation region in two ways:
Select the application and then click Shared Components. Under Navigation and Search, select Navigation Menu.
Select the application and then click Shared Components. Under the Navigation region, select Lists.
Once you select the Navigation Menu, you edit it as you would any other list.
See Also:Creating Lists
184.108.40.206 Changing Where and How Navigation Menus Display
Change how and where a navigation menu displays by editing Navigation Menu attributes on the User Interface page.
You can access the User Interface page from the Application Definition as described in the following procedure, or by navigating to Shared Components, User Interface and selecting User Interface Attributes.
To edit the Navigation menu attributes:
- On the Workspace home page, click the App Builder icon.
- Select the application.The Application home page appears.
- Click the Edit Application Definition button.The Edit Application Definition page appears.
- Click the User Interface tab.
- Edit the attributes under Navigation Menu:
Display Navigation - Turn navigation on or off by selecting On or Off.
Navigation Menu List - Select the list utilized for the navigation menu for the application.
Position - Select the position where you would like your navigation menu to be placed in this application.
Side - Setting the position to Side renders the navigation menu list template in the
#SIDE_GLOBAL_NAVIGATION_LIST#position on your page template.
Top - Setting the position to Top renders the navigation menu list template in the
#TOP_GLOBAL_NAVIGATION_LIST#position on your page template.
For example, if you choose Side, your navigation could be rendered as a tree on the left side of your pages. In contrast, choosing Top can render your navigation as a menu bar in the header of your pages.
List Template - Select the List Template used to render the navigation menu for the application.
Template Options - Set Template Options for the List Template used for the navigation menu list for the application.
- Click Apply Changes to save your changes.
- Run the application to view your changes.
220.127.116.11 About Switching from Tabs to Navigation Menus
You can switch from a theme using tabs to a theme using navigation menus if the existing application used one level of tabs was used.
If an existing applications uses two levels of tabs, you must convert it to one level before changing the theme.