Navigation around the site can be done using several elements, the first being the logo in the top left which returns users to the homepage. Next is the Global Navigation which is fixed across the top of the site and is visible on every page in Atlas.
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Atlas deployments are made up of one or more Workspaces including Communications, Knowledge and Collaboration Workspaces. Different workspaces should be focused on different information which means that different metadata can be applied to content based on where it is created. For example, you could have a Global Communications Workspace and an HR Knowledge Workspace which would have very different metadata requirements. Navigation elements such as the Global Navigation provide the same set of navigation items across all areas, so it brings the whole system together into a single virtual architecture.
Atlas provides options for a Global Navigation menu that can be seen from any page in the system. Term Store Administrators can learn how to manage the items in the Global Navigation by reading this article: Adding and editing Global Navigation items
Tenant Administrators can learn how to control whether the Global Navigation is displayed using the Hover or Mega Menu configuration by reading this article: Change the Global Navigation configuration
When configured as a Hover Menu, the Global Navigation can be configured with up to five levels as numbered in red below - allowing users to take a deep dive into the available sections and content without leaving the page they are currently on. On mobile it is accessed using the “hamburger” icon (bottom left).
Above you can see the Global Navigation configured as a Hover Menu.
Please note that in response to customer feedback we have increased the font size of the menu items in Atlas 3.2 onwards.
In Atlas 3.2 we have introduced a new simplified option for Global Navigation called the "Mega Menu" configuration. This is a simpler option which can use up to three levels as shown below, and which can hold up to 20 terms in that 3rd level.
This menu shows all the information for each level 1 area with one hover rather than requiring the user to hover in each level to open the subsection. See an example below:
The Launchpad is also considered to be a Navigation element and is intended for providing links to tools or systems, usually outside of Atlas or Microsoft 365. It is found to the left of the first level Global Navigation on all pages and users can simply hover over it to see the items (1) and click items to navigate to them (2). Mobile users can access the Launchpad by clicking the “rocket” icon in the bottom right of their screen. You can click the icon or text to navigate to the provided URL.
Launchpad items can be targeted at specific Office Locations and Operating Systems if configured to do so by an Administrator.
Administrators can also change the icon for the Launchpad for each language by following the article here: Configure iconography for Atlas Header items, or highlight the Launchpad option in the header by following: Configure highlighting for Atlas header options
In Atlas, pages in Knowledge Workspaces will display a secondary navigation menu on the left-hand side which can be configured to provide links to related pages and content. The Left-hand Navigation is not available in Communications Workspaces.
The element is highlighted in red below. Workspace owners can click the Edit button at the bottom of this menu to customise it and add / remove links.
In Atlas 1.X this feature is not restricted by template. Please ask your support team or CSM if you need more details on this.