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How to use the menu manager in Joomla

The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to use the Menu Manager in Joomla. The Menu Manager allows you to create custom menus for your Joomla site.

We will assume that you are logged into your administrative panel of your Joomla site.

  • Click on Menus in the top menu and select Menu Manager from the drop down menu.
  • To create a new menu, scroll right and click on New in the upper right corner to open a new menu screen.
  • In the first box, enter a Unique Name (this is what Joomla uses to identify this module within the code).
  • Now enter a title and in the next box, enter a description.
  • The last box is the Module Title and that is what will display on the front-end (if this field is left blank the module will not be created). When done, scroll right and click on the Save icon.
  • This new menu will now be showing in the Menu Manager. To edit the menu, click on the icon in the menu row that looks like a piece of paper to open a page called Menu Item Manager.
  • Now scroll right and click on new. This opens a list for you to choose a Menu Item Type from.
  • Highlight the correct selection to open a Menu Item Detail page. Here in the box, enter a title and below that an Alias.

The Alias is an internal name that Joomla uses in the URL if SEF is enabled. Entering an alias is optional and if left blank Joomla will create a default one by automatically converting the title to lowercase and replacing any spaces with a hyphen. You can also manually enter an alias if you wish.

  • Click on Save in the upper right corner and the screen will verify that your item was saved.
  • The last thing to do after creating a new menu is to enable it in the module list. Go to the menu at the top of the page and click on Extensions and from the drop down menu select Module Manager.
  • Finally, find your menu item and click the red x next to it so your new menu item can be viewed on the front-end.

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