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How to Enable BreadCrumb in SharePoint 2013?

You must be remember the BreadCrumb option situated next to the “Site Action” button in SharePoint 2010 is really handy to navigate up or down with a single click. You must have noticed in SharePoint 2013 this option is removed rather hidden in the master. Here I will show you how to get that option back in your master page and make your life simpler.

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The good news is Microsoft didn’t remove it from SharePoint 2013, it’s just hidden in the Seattle master page.

Step by Step

  • Open your site with SharePoint designer
  • Navigate to All Files -> _catalogs -> master page
  • Edit the Seattle.master in advanced mode and copy all the code
  • By default it’s not possible to edit the original master. To create a new one click on File -> Blank Mater Page
  • Check out the new master, edit it in advanced mode, delete all the existent code and paste the one from the original Seattle
  • Search for
<divclass="ms-breadcrumb-dropdownBox"style="display:none;">
  • Delete the CSS attribute
style="display:none;"
  • Two lines bellow change the visible attribute of the SharePoint:PopoutMenu to true
  • After editing your code it should look like this
<divclass="ms-breadcrumb-dropdownBox"><SharePoint:AjaxDeltaid="DeltaBreadcrumbDropdown"runat="server">
	<SharePoint:PopoutMenu
		Visible="true"
		runat="server"
		ID="GlobalBreadCrumbNavPopout"
		IconUrl="/_layouts/15/images/spcommon.png?rev=27"
		IconAlt="<%$Resources:wss,master_breadcrumbIconAlt%>"
		ThemeKey="v15breadcrumb"
		IconOffsetX="215"
		IconOffsetY="120"
		IconWidth="16"
		IconHeight="16"
		AnchorCss="ms-breadcrumb-anchor"
		AnchorOpenCss="ms-breadcrumb-anchor-open"
		MenuCss="ms-breadcrumb-menu ms-noList">
		<divclass="ms-breadcrumb-top">
			<asp:Label runat="server" CssClass="ms-breadcrumb-header" Text="<%$Resources:wss,master_breadcrumbHeader%>" />
		</div>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolderid="PlaceHolderTitleBreadcrumb"runat="server">
<SharePoint:ListSiteMapPathrunat="server"
SiteMapProviders="SPSiteMapProvider,SPContentMapProvider"
RenderCurrentNodeAsLink="false"
PathSeparator=""
CssClass="ms-breadcrumb"
NodeStyle-CssClass="ms-breadcrumbNode"
CurrentNodeStyle-CssClass="ms-breadcrumbCurrentNode"
RootNodeStyle-CssClass="ms-breadcrumbRootNode"
NodeImageOffsetX="217"
NodeImageOffsetY="210"
NodeImageWidth="16"
NodeImageHeight="16"
NodeImageUrl="/_layouts/15/images/spcommon.png?rev=27"
RTLNodeImageOffsetX="199"
RTLNodeImageOffsetY="210"
RTLNodeImageWidth="16"
RTLNodeImageHeight="16"
RTLNodeImageUrl="/_layouts/15/images/spcommon.png?rev=27"
HideInteriorRootNodes="true"
SkipLinkText=""/>
</asp:ContentPlaceHolder>
</SharePoint:PopoutMenu>
</SharePoint:AjaxDelta>
</div>
  • If you are using one of the themes from SharePoint your breadcrumb icon will not appear as it should, to get it back add the script below before the closing tag
<scripttype="text/javascript">
document.getElementById("GlobalBreadCrumbNavPopout-anchor").innerHTML='<img alt="Navigate Up" src="/_layouts/15/images/spcommon.png?rev=27">';</script>
  • Save the modified master page, check it in and publish the major version
  • Open your SharePoint Site, go to Settings -> Site Settings -> MasterPage under Look and Feel and select the new master page for the Site master and System master options
  • You will see a new icon on the left side of the menu.

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