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Can I create a top-level page that has no content, but serves as a table of contents for second-level pages?

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2013  |  985 Views
Topics: Pages / Tabs

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Sure - when you create a top-level page that has no content, it displays a table of contents of links to second-level pages automatically!

Note: To see this content display on the page, you need to view it in PREVIEW mode (or as a regular user would see the page). In other words, you will not see the Table of Contents links in the editing screen, because you will always have the option to add content to that tab.

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Other Answers / Comments (6)

  1. Is there a way to have this table of contents of sub-pages, and also have content on the top level page?
    by Adrienne on Jun 20, 2012.
  2. Hi, Adrienne!

    If the top-level page is ‘empty’ that list of sub-pages will be generated automatically – but if you do want to have content on that top-level page, you can generate that table of contents manually. We have some instructions about how to do that here:

    (Use the steps for getting page-level shortcuts… both top-level tabs and sub-pages are considered “pages” in LibGuides, so the instructions will be the same.)

    I hope this helps – let us know if you have any other questions! :)
    by Laura Harris on Jun 21, 2012.
  3. Hi,
    Is there a way to make the top level page inactive? This would force the user to select one of the drop-down sub-pages.
    by Ethel Downey on Jan 09, 2013.
  4. Hi, Ethel!
    Unfortunately, it's not possible to make the top level link not active. As soon as a user hovers over it, though, the menu of pages pops down.

    If you leave the top-level page completely blank (remove all the boxes), the system will display a table of contents in that space that links to all of the subpages.

    If you'd like something prettier, you can create a box on the main page that contains links to all of the subpages.

    The other option would be to use the redirect feature (Add/Edit Page Info > Redirect URL) to point to one of the sub-pages, but that might be confusing if there is not a table-of-contents box to guide users through the rest of the subpages.

    Sorry I can't be more helpful!

    by Cindi Trainor on Jan 10, 2013.
  5. Hi Cindi,

    If there's any way this feature (making the top level page inactive) could be requested that would be great. The page o' links to subpages adds clutter; hoping people just don't click there but click on a subpage isn't a reliable solution and then you have the issue that some people will, some people won't. If you put content there it may get missed in favor of the sub-pages. If you don't then its just extra navigation. This would be a really nice feature, and its quite common tab-based navigation in other CMSs (like WordPress, say).

    Thanks for considering it, anyway
    by Allan on Jan 23, 2013.
  6. Hi Allan,
    Zinthia here from the support team. I've gone ahead and forwarded this request to our development team.
    We'll be sure to notify you if this becomes possible.
    by Zinthia Briceno on Jan 23, 2013.

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