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The Menu Item Manager lists the menu items contained in a menu created using the Menu Manager.
Menu Item Manager is a new screen in Joomla! 1.5. It was part of the Menu Manager in the 1.0.x series.
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The menu items of each menu created can be handled in the Menu Item Manager. The type in square brackets is appended to the screen title, e.g. "Menu Item Manager: [topmenu]".
The Menu Item Manager can be opened by clicking a menu in the Menus menu. Using the Menus toolbar button you can open the Menu Manager.
Only one click is needed to display the Menu Manager instead of using the Menus -> Menu Manager menu item.
Using the Default toolbar button you can set a selected menu item as the home page on the front-end of your site.
You can create new menu items by clicking the New toolbar button. When you want to modify the parameters of an existing one, then select its checkbox and click the Edit toolbar button or just simply click it and the Menu Item: [ Edit ] screen will be loaded.
One menu item can be published/unpublished by clicking the icon in the Published column. The published menu items are marked with a green tick while the unpublished ones are marked with a red X. When you want to publish/unpublish several menu items, select their checkboxes and click the appropriate toolbar button.
You can copy one or more menu items to another existing menu. Just select the checkbox(es) and click the Copy toolbar button. The following page will be loaded.
Please select the target menu in the Copy to Menu list box and click the Copy toolbar button to complete the process. If you change your mind and do not wish to copy your menu item(s), then you can stop it by clicking the Cancel button on the toolbar.
You can move one or more menu items to another existing menu. Just select the checkbox(es) and click the Move toolbar button. The following page will be loaded.
Please select the target menu in the Move to Menu list box and click the Move toolbar button to complete the process. If you change your mind and do not wish to move your menu item(s), then you can stop it by clicking the Cancel button on the toolbar.
One or more menu items can be trashed using the Trash toolbar button. You have to select the checkboxes of the menu items to be deleted. Similarly to the articles, they are moved to the Trash that can be opened by the Menus -> Menu Trash menu item. A similar page will be loaded like the image below:
One or more selected menu items can be restored by clicking the Restore toolbar button. A similar page will be loaded like the image below:
When they are really unnecessary in the future, just click the Delete toolbar button and they will be permanently deleted. A similar page will be loaded like the image below:
The items can be moved up/down by clicking the arrows in the list, or they can be renumbered by entering a value in the field next to the arrow. In this case the order should be saved by clicking the floppy icon.
The Max Levels and Select state drop down lists make it easier to narrow the list of your choice, or you can enter a string in the Filter field and press the Go button and only the matching items will be listed.
It is much easier to set the default page of your site now. You do not need to move a menu item to the first position to set it. You can simply and easily do it using the Default toolbar button. It is not limited to the main menu by now, you can set it in any of the available menus.
The default menu item can neither be unpublished nor trashed.
Alternatively the Menu Item Manager can be accessed by clicking the icon in the Menu Item(s) column in the Menu Manager.
When you enter the administration back-end and click the Menu Stats module in the Control Panel, it will list the available menus and their published menu items. The menu types are linked to their Menu Item Manager screens, so there is yet another way to open them. See the image below.