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Navigate interactive breadcrumbs (MT4)

Written by Kristina Bethea
Customer Success Engineer at MindTouch
This page applies to:MindTouch 4

This article reviews how to navigate breadcrumbs in pages, its use, how they work, and what information is being displayed in the dropdown menu in your MindTouch site.


Each page will display a list of breadcrumbs for any parent pages that exist above the current page. This provides users with a guide for where they are currently positioned in the site, while also providing a full trail of hyperlinks as far back as the homepage:


The screen shot above displays the position of where a user is within the hierarchy. For example, from the home page, the user is created a category titled My First Category! Inside of the Category, the user has created a Guide Page titled User Guide.Within the User Guide, the user created three articles called (My First Article, My Second Article, and My Third Article). You have the ability to hover over and click on each of the titles and it will direct you back to the current guide or page that you need to be on. Using the breadcrumbs allows for a more quick and convenient way for a user to locate and drill down to where they need to be in the hierarchy.

Adding Multiple Breadcrumb Dropdowns

The default number of breadcrumbs that are shown is 5. You also have the option to override and add multiple breadcrumbs, change the names, or display the breadcrumbs as low as breadcrumb. Below is an example of how multiple breadcrumbs can be added by navigating to:

  • Site Tools > Templates > Template:System > Variables
  • Place the following in a DekiScript block:
let export = {
        maxContentNavigationDepth: 4

Changing the Name(s) of the Default Breadcrumb(s)

By default, the breadcrumbs will display a name of Categories on the home page. When navigated within a category, the next level hierarchy will have a name of Guides, and so forth. The reinforces the content structure within MindTouch, which is recommended to be structured as Categories, Guides, then Articles. For a more in-depth explanation regarding content structure, this Site Structure—A Look at Three Use Cases article will outline more of its use in further details. To change the name of the default, navigate to:

  • Site Tools > Templates > Template:System > Variables
  • Place the following in a DekiScript block:
    ​let export = {
        navigationMenuOverride: [ 'Custom 1', 'Custom 2', 'Custom 3', 'Custom 4' ],
            tags: "tags"


Below is an example of the new applied changes and how they will look.






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