Troubleshoot navigation bars

ShowI inserted a new navigation bar, but it did not update with links to all of the existing pages in my Web site.

  • You might not have selected the Update this navigation bar with links to existing pages in this publication check box in the Create New Navigation Bar dialog box. When you select this check box, Microsoft Publisher will add links to the navigation bar for all of the pages in your Web site that are set to be linked to new navigation bars. If you clear this check box, Publisher will prompt you to select the pages that you want to link.
  • You might not have set all of the pages in your Web publication to link to new navigation bars that are added to your publicaton. To specify that a page be linked to new navigation bars that you add, you must select the Add hyperlink to new navigation bars that are added to this publication check box in the Web Page Options dialog box (Tools menu, Web Page Options command).

If your navigation bar did not update with links to pages for either of the reasons listed above, you can update the navigation bar with links to these pages manually.

ShowHow?

  1. Select the navigation bar to which you want to add links.
  2. On the Format menu, click Navigation Bar Properties, and then click the General tab.
  3. Click Add Link.
  4. In the Add link dialog box, under Link to, click Place in this document.
  5. Under Select a place in this document, click the page that you want to link to the navigation bar.
  6. In the Text to display box, type the text that you want to appear on the navigation bar, and then click OK.
  7. In the Navigation Bar Properties dialog box, click OK.

ShowI added new pages to my Web publication, but the existing navigation bar did not update with links for the new pages.

  • You might not have selected the Add hyperlink to navigation bars check box in the Insert Web Page or Insert Page dialog box when adding pages to your Web publication.
  • You might not have set the navigation bar to update with links to new pages that are added to the publication. The Update this navigation bar with links to new pages that are added to this publication check box must be selected in order for an existing navigation bar to update automatically with links to new pages that are added.

If your navigation bar did not update with links to new pages for either of the reasons listed above, you can add pages to the navigation bar manually.

ShowHow?

  1. Select the navigation bar to which you want to add links.
  2. On the Format menu, click Navigation Bar Properties, and then click the General tab.
  3. Click Add Link.
  4. In the Add link dialog box, under Link to, click Place in this document.
  5. Under Select a place in this document, click the page that you want to link to the navigation bar.
  6. In the Text to display box, type the text that you want to appear on the navigation bar, and then click OK.
  7. In the Navigation Bar Properties dialog box, click OK.

ShowI added new pages to my publication, but they do not contain any of my publication's navigation bars.

When you add new pages to a publication that has existing navigation bars, you must insert any existing navigation bars that you want to appear on the new pages.

ShowHow?

  1. On the page sorter (page sorter: One or more paged-shaped controls, located in the lower left corner of the Publisher window, that represent each page of the publication and can be used to go to, rearrange, or work with publication pages.), click the page where you want to insert an existing navigation bar.
  2. On the Insert menu, point to Navigation Bar, and then click Existing.
  3. In the Design Gallery dialog box, on the My Objects tab, click the existing navigation bar that you want to insert.
  4. Click Insert Object.

ShowI changed my page title, but the navigation bar did not update with the new title text.

If you change the title of a page after inserting a navigation bar, you will need to change the text in the Text to display field for the navigation bar in order to update the navigation bar with the new page title.

ShowHow?

  1. Select the navigation bar that contains the link text you want to change.
  2. On the Format menu, click Navigation Bar Properties, and then click the General tab.
  3. Under Links, click the link that you want to change, and then click Modify Link.
  4. In the Modify Link dialog box, in the Text to display box, type the the text that you want to display on the the navigation bar button, and then click OK.
  5. In the Navigation Bar Properties dialog box, click OK.

ShowThe text on my navigation bar buttons does not appear.

You might have changed the color of the navigation bar button to a color that matches the font color of the text. Try changing the color of the button or the color of the button text.

ShowMy navigation bar does not update with new colors when I change the color scheme for my Web publication.

You might have changed the color of the navigation bar or the navigation bar buttons to a non-scheme color. If you fill the navigation bar with a color that is not a scheme color (scheme color: One of the colors defined in a set of chosen colors. If you fill an object with a scheme color, the object's color changes whenever you choose another color scheme for that publication.), it will not automatically update when you change the color scheme (color scheme: A predefined set of harmonized colors that you can apply to text and objects. Text and objects with an applied scheme color will change automatically when you switch to a new color scheme or modify the current color scheme.) of your publication. For best results, change the color the of the navigation bar by changing the color scheme for your publication. If you change the color of your navigation bar by changing the color scheme, your navigation bar will retain any of its original fill effects, and it will retain complementary formatting for the selected state appearance of buttons.

ShowA change that I applied to a navigation bar button on one page does not apply to the same button in other instances of that navigation bar on other pages.

  • You might have changed only the selected state appearance of the button. When you view a specific page in your Web publication, the navigation bar button for the page in view will look different from the other buttons on the navigation bar in order to indicate the selected state of the page.

If you apply formatting changes to a button when it is in its selected state, you are editing the selected state appearance of the button, and those changes will not appear on other pages when that navigation bar button is not in a selected state. Similarly, if you edit buttons when they are not selected, the changes that you apply to the unselected state will not apply to the appearance of the selected state of the button. To change the appearance of the selected state of all of the navigation bar buttons, you must change each button separately, when it is in its selected state.

  • The navigation bars might not be part of the same set. If you added multiple identical navigation bars to a publication by inserting a new navigation bar each time, each navigation bar will be a unique navigation bar that is not related to the other navigation bars in the publication. To have multiple instances of the same navigation bar occur in a publication, you must add this navigation bar to a page by inserting it as an existing navigation bar.

ShowHow?

  1. On the page sorter (page sorter: One or more paged-shaped controls, located in the lower left corner of the Publisher window, that represent each page of the publication and can be used to go to, rearrange, or work with publication pages.), click the page where you want to insert an existing navigation bar.
  2. On the Insert menu, point to Navigation Bar, and then click Existing.
  3. In the Design Gallery dialog box box, on the My Objects tab, click the existing navigation bar that you want to insert.
  4. Click Insert Object.

ShowThe navigation bar buttons in my publication do not change to show the selected stage of a page.

  • You might not have selected the Show selected state check box in the Navigation Bar Properties dialog box. You can make your navigation bar buttons show the selected state of a page.

ShowHow?

  1. Select the navigation bar that you want to change.
  2. On the Format menu, click Navigation Bar Properties, and then click the Style tab.
  3. Select the Show selected state check box.
  • You might have changed the color of the entire navigation bar. If the navigation bar design for your publication uses a change in button color to show the selected state of a page, any color changes that you apply to the entire navigation bar may override the selected state formatting for buttons. To restore the original formatting of your navigation bar, try deleting the navigation bar and inserting a new navigation bar.

ShowI cannot change the text for the links in my text-only navigation bar.

You cannot select the text on a text-only navigation bar. To change the font for a text-only navigation bar, update the Font Scheme for the publication. To change the text that displays for a link on a text-only navigation bar, change the text for the link in the Text to display box.

ShowHow?

  1. Select the navigation bar that contains the link text you want to change.
  2. On the Format menu, click Navigation Bar Properties, and then click the General tab.
  3. Under Links, click the link that you want to change, and then click Modify Link.
  4. In the Modify Link dialog box, in the Text to display box, type the the text that you want to display on the the navigation bar button, and then click OK.
  5. In the Navigation Bar Properties dialog box, click OK.
 
 
Applies to:
Publisher 2003