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Drupal® 7 Bible by Brice Dunwoodie, Ric Shreves

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Chapter 8. Working with the Menus Manager

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Overview of the Menus Manager

  • Creating and managing menus

  • Creating and managing menu items

Drupal menus are simple, customizable navigational elements that you place into the interface of your Web site to facilitate efficient access to content and functionality. The Menus Manager is defined in a core module unsurprisingly named Menu. Users with the Administer menus and menu items permission can add, edit, and customize menus via the Menus Manager tool.

In this chapter, I cover the Drupal Menus Manager and describe how you can create and customize menus.

Overview of the Menus Manager

You create, edit, and configure menus using Drupal's Menus Manager tool, which is found under the Structure area of the Drupal admin system. Each menu has a corresponding block, which you use to control the physical placement of the menu, either programmatically in your theme's template code or via Drupal's Blocks Manager tool.

Note

See Chapter 7 for an introduction to Drupal blocks and guidance on using the Blocks Manager. In Chapter 27, we dig into Drupal's theme system and explain how you can create or customize the appearance of your Web site and menus.

The main Drupal Menus Manager screen, shown in Figure 8.1, contains the following key elements:

  • Local navigation tabs: The List Menus and Settings tabs are located in the top right of the Menus Manager screen. The first tab provides access to the currently defined menus, while the Settings tab gives you ...

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