Editing the Sidebar in Google Sites

Editing the Sidebar in Google Sites


Transcript for Video

This is a brief video tutorial on editing the “Sidebar” or “Navigation bar” in your Google Site.

In this tutorial, I assume that you are familiar with the basics of Google Sites, including activating your UW Google Apps, Creating a site, and Managing a site.

If you are not familiar with these, please go to uwb.edu/learningtech, then click on ePortfolios in the left navigation menu.

Here, you will find tutorials, complete with images, for how to get started with Google Sites.

The example for this tutorial is an ePortfolio that uses the UWB CUSP program learning goals as an organizational scheme for the google site navigation bar.

I simply created each page and made it “top level” page, which means that it is listed in the top level of the navigation menu.

If you look at the order of the pages, you’ll see that they are placed in alphabetical order automatically by Google sites.

For the sake of demonstration, let’s say I want those pages to have a different order so that Inclusive Practices is at the top, followed by Critical and Creative Inquiry. How do I do it?

First, you click the “Edit Sidebar” link in the navigation menu. On this admittedly confusing page, you must click “Edit” under the Navigation heading.

The first time you click this “edit” button, it will show you this window.

This page is also a bit confusing. Google has hidden the navigation editing by automatically checking “Automatically organize my navigation.”

Once you uncheck that box, you open a world of possibility.

Now, you can move the pages to the order that you prefer.

You can  In this case, I’m going to use the “Up” button here to make Inclusive Practices the first link, followed by Critical and Creative Inquiry.

You’ll notice that you can also “Indent” and “Outdent” pages in the navigation.

This just allows you to decide whether you want a given page to be at the top level of the navigation, or to be underneath a top level page.

When you’re happy with your navigation organization, click Okay.

Finally, as always, remember to Save your changes.

Great, it’s in the order that I want. Well that seemed easy. It’s all smooth sailing from here. Or is it?

Let’s say I want to create another page now, one that holds a list of all the books that I’ve read during my time in the CUSP program.

I’m going to call this page Bibliography, which just means, roughly, written list of books.

I create the page and... (ominous sound effect) it isn’t in my navigation menu! Let’s back up here.

When you unchecked “Automatically organize my navigation,” Google Sites interpreted that as “Don’t do anything to the navigation at all.”

So, now, every time you create a new page, you have to add it manually to the navigation. How do you do that?

You simply click “Add page.”

The window that pops up shows you a site map, which shows you all the pages on the site, regardless of whether they are in the navigation menu.

You select the page that you want displayed in the navigation and click Okay.

Now, you adjust the navigation as you want. Click okay... save changes and you are all set.

Unfortunately, every time you create a new page, you have to manually add it as we just did.

If you have more questions, please check out the Learning Technologies website, or contact us at learningtech@uwb.edu.