University Marketing and Communications

How to edit menus

On July 1, 2019, our website moved to a mobile-first design. The navigation was reconfigured and the menu now appears as a button in the top right-hand corner. When expanded, the top menu appears first, followed by the main menu, additional menu and third menu, which all appear collapsed. Visit this guide to learn more about our new mobile menus. 

Below are on instructions on how to add, edit, movedisplay or hide and delete menus. Behind the scenes in OmniUpdate, the original menu names are still the same to make the transition easier. The option to display or hide a menu also remains.

Please note that you may not edit the file name of a menu. Editing the file name of a menu will cause the menu to not display properly on your web pages.

How to add a new menu

  1. Browse to the website to which you want to add a menu, log in and click "Pages" Pages button in the upper left-hand corner. This will take you to the list of pages, menus and files that make up the web presence you wish to edit. 
  2. Click the green "+ New" button. Green + New button
  3. Select which menu you want to add. Learn more about menus and their functions. 
  4. If you add a new "topMenu.xml.inc" then, in the window that appears, click the blue "Create" button.
    If you add a new "mainMenu.xml.inc" or "additionalMenu.xml.inc" then, in the window that appears, enter a descriptive title for your new menu. The title should reflect the menu's contents and include keywords. Click the blue "Create" button. Blue create button
     
    Screenshot of new menu window

  5. In the editor that appears, you may edit the menu's contents. 
  6. To add a new menu item, place your cursor to the right of the first item and hit return on your keyboard. Type the new menu item's name.
  7. To link the menu items, select the text and click the insert/edit link icon. Link icon

    Screenshot of how to link a menu item

  8. In the new window that appears, either type the URL in the "Link URL" field or click the browse button Browse button to browse for the page on the website to which you want to link.
  9. In the "Target" field, select between the two options:
    1. "Open in This Window/Frame," which means the link will open within the same window. This is recommended when the page you are linking is within your website
    2. "Open in New Window," which means the link will open within a new window. This is recommended when the page you are linking to is outside of your website or when you are linking to a document.
  10. Click the "Insert" button Update button to insert the link. 

    Screenshot of editing menu links

  11. Save your work by clicking the save icon. Save button
  12. To make your edits live, click the green "Publish" button. Publish button
  13. If your menu is hidden from view, learn how to display your menu below. 

How to edit an existing menu

  1. Browse to the website with the menus you want to edit, log in and click "Pages" Pages button in the upper left-hand corner. This will take you to the list of pages, menus and files that make up the web presence you wish to edit. 
  2. Click the menu you wish to edit. For more information about our new mobile-first menus, visit our guide.
  3. In the editor that appears, you may edit the menu's contents.  
  4. Please note, the "topMenu.xml.inc" cannot have a headline and the "mainMenu.xml.inc" and "additionalMenu.xml.inc" must have a headline. The headline will become the text with the "+" next to it that users click to expand the menu. 
  5. To add a new menu item, place your cursor to the right of the previous item and hit return on your keyboard. Type the new menu item's name.
  6. To link the menu items, select the text and click the insert/edit link icon. Link icon

    Screenshot of how to link a menu item

  7. In the new window that appears, either type the URL in the "Link URL" field or click the browse button Browse button to browse for the page on the website to which you want to link.
  8. In the "Target" field, select between the two options:
    1. "Open in This Window/Frame," which means the link will open within the same window. This is recommended when the page you are linking is within your website
    2. "Open in New Window," which means the link will open within a new window. This is recommended when the page you are linking to is outside of your website or when you are linking to a document.
  9. Click the "Insert" button Insert button to insert the link. 

    Screenshot of editing menu links

  10. To remove a menu item, delete the text using the delete or backspace keys on your keyboard. 
  11. Save your work by clicking the save icon. Save button
  12. To make your edits live, click the green "Publish" button. Publish button

How to move menu items

The instructions below explain how to move all of the menu items from the mainMenu.xml.inc to the topMenu.xml.inc.

  1. Browse to the website with the menus you want to edit, log in and click "Pages" Pages button in the upper left-hand corner. This will take you to the list of pages, menus and files that make up the web presence. 
  2. Click on the mainMenu.xml.inc and click the HTML icon.  HTML icon 
  3. In the new window that appears, select the HTML code beginning with <ul> and ending at </ul> and copy it using the keys on your keyboard.
    • Note you cannot copy the header as headers will not display in a topMenu.xml.inc
  4. Hit the red "Cancel" button to leave the menu as is and close the window.  Cancel button

    Screenshot of moving a main menu
     
  5. Click the yellow lightbulb button to check in or unlock the file.  Lightbulb on
  6. Click "Pages" Pages button in the upper left-hand corner.
  7. Click on topMenu.xml.inc and click the HTML icon.  HTML icon
  8. In the new window that appears, select all of the HTML code and overwrite it by pasting the code you just copied using the keys on your keyboard.
  9. Click the green "Update" button to save the changes and close the window.  Update button
  10. Save your work by clicking the save icon. Save button
  11. To make your edits live, click the green "Publish" button. Publish button
  12. Now the topMenu.xml.inc and mainMenu.xml.inc are the same. You'll want to edit the mainMenu.xml.inc or remove it. To remove it, move the menu to the recycling bin. Then turn off or hide the menu, to prevent the mainMenu.xml.inc in any containing folders your web pages reside in from appearing.

The instructions below explain how to move all of the menu items from the UTadditionalMenu.xml.inc to the UTmainMenu.xml.inc or the UTthirdmenu.xml.inc to the UTadditionalMenu.xml.inc. 

  1. Browse to the website with the menus you want to edit, log in and click "Pages" Pages button in the upper left-hand corner. This will take you to the list of pages, menus and files that make up the web presence you wish to edit. 
  2. Click on the appropriate menu file from which you would like to use the menu items, and click the HTML icon.  HTML icon 
  3. In the new window that appears, select the HTML code beginning with <h4> and ending at </ul> and copy it using the keys on your keyboard.
    • Note you must copy the header as that label provides the + icon users must click to expand and view the UTmainMenu.xml.inc or UTadditionalMenu.xml.inc
  4. Hit the red "Cancel" button to leave the menu as is and close the window.  Cancel button

    Screenshot of moving an additional menu
     
  5. Click the yellow lightbulb button to check in or unlock the file.  Lightbulb on
  6. Click "Pages" Pages button in the upper left-hand corner.
  7. Click on appropriate menu file to which you would like to add the menu items, and click the HTML icon.  HTML icon
  8. In the new window that appears, select all of the HTML code and overwrite it by pasting the code you just copied using the keys on your keyboard.
    • Make sure the h4 header properly describes the menu, learn more
  9. Click the green "Update" button to save the changes and close the window.  Update button
  10. Save your work by clicking the save icon. Save button
  11. To make your edits live, click the green "Publish" button. Publish button
  12. Now you'll have menus that are the same. You'll want to edit the duplicate or remove it. To remove it, move the menu to the recycling bin. Then turn off or hide the menu, to prevent the mainMenu.xml.inc in any containing folders your web pages reside in from appearing.

How to Display or Hide a menu

  1. Browse to the website with the menu you want to hide or display and log in.
  2. Click the lightbulb Lightbulb off or check out button toward the top of the page to check it out and be able to edit it. 
  3. Click on the "Properties" button Properties button toward the top.
  4. Click the "Parameters" tab Parameters tab  to the left.
  5. Under "Custom Settings," uncheck the box next to the menu that you would like to hide or check the box to display.

    Parameters menu

  6. Save your work by clicking the blue "Save" button Blue Save button toward the top of the page.
  7. To make your edits live, click the green "Publish" button. Publish button

If you would like to display or hide a menu for multiple pages in a folder, you may edit each page individually following the instructions above, or submit a help request and the web team will help you. 

Submit a help request

How to delete a menu

  1. Browse to the website to which you want to add a menu, log in and click "Pages" Pages button in the upper left-hand corner. This will take you to the list of pages, menus and files that make up the web presence you wish to edit. 
  2. Select the menu you wish to delete by clicking the box to the left of the menu title.
     
    Screenshot of a menu selected in the Pages list
     
  3. In the toolbar above, click the "Move to Recycle Bin" button. Move to Recycle Bin button
Last Updated: 9/6/19