Navigation options missing in site settings

In some sit­u­a­tions you will notice that the nav­i­ga­tion option is miss­ing from the site set­tings screen.

Mod­i­fy­ing the glob­al or the cur­rent nav­i­ga­tion is not pos­si­ble.
Or is it?

Yes, in fact there are two solu­tions.

The rea­son that the nav­i­ga­tion option is miss­ing is due to the fact that your site does not have the pub­lish­ing func­tion­al­i­ty enabled.

Option 1

So enabling this fea­ture will give you back the nav­i­ga­tion option.

Go to Site Actions->Site Set­tings then under “site col­lec­tion admin­stra­tion” sec­tion click on “site col­lec­tion fea­tures”. Now Acti­vate the “Office Share­point Serv­er Pub­lish­ing Infra­struc­ture” fea­ture. You need to be a site col­lec­tion admin­is­tra­tor to be able to acti­vate this fea­ture. Now for each site you can acti­vate fea­ture “Office Share­Point Serv­er Pub­lish­ing”. You are done. Now you should be able to see the nav­i­ga­tion option.

Option 2

If you don’t want to enable the pub­lish­ing fea­ture you can use the quick link /_layouts/AreaNavigationSettings.aspx
Append this direct­ly after the url for your site and you’ll be direct­ed to the nav­i­ga­tion mod­i­fi­ca­tion screen.

See more quick links in this post.