The Control Menu is the most visible and accessible menu in Liferay. For example, on your home page, the Control Menu offers default options for accessing the Product Menu, Simulation Menu, and Add Menu. You can think of this menu as the gateway to configuring options in Liferay.


Figure 1: The Control Menu has three configurable areas: left, right, and middle. It also displays the title and type of page that you are currently viewing.

If you navigate away from the home page, the Control Menu adapts and provides helpful functionality for whatever option you’re using. For example, if you navigate to Site Administration → ContentWeb Content, you see a Control Menu with different functionality tailored for that option.


Figure 2: When switching your context to web content, the Control Menu adapts to provide helpful options for that area.

The default Control Menu contains three categories representing the left, middle, and right portions of the menu. You can create navigation entries for each category.

You can reference a sample Control Menu Entry by visiting the Control Menu Entry article.

Next you’ll learn how to customize the Control Menu.

Creating Control Menu Entries

Now you’ll create entries to customize the Control Menu. Make sure to read Adding Custom Panel Categories before beginning this tutorial. This tutorial assumes you know how to create a panel...

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Defining Icons and Tooltips

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