How to enable tree view navigation in WSS 3.0

Learn how to enable SharePoint site content to be browsable through a tree view structure in the left navigation bar.



A document management system should allow for easy retrieval of documents. Part of being able to easily retrieve documents is being able to easily navigate documents.

The flat folder structure of document libraries

In SharePoint, documents are stored in documents libraries, and documents libraries can have many levels of folders and subfolders. But a SharePoint document library can only display documents and folders on one level at a time (see Figure 1).

Folders in a SharePoint document library.

Figure 1. Folders on a single level in a SharePoint document library.

Enabling a hierarchical folder structure

You can enable tree view navigation in a SharePoint site to allow for easy browsing of documents in document libraries and other site content (see Figure 2).

Site Hierarchy on a SharePoint site.

Figure 2. The Site Hierarchy section in the left navigation bar after enabling tree view navigation.

To enable tree view navigation:

  1. Go to the SharePoint site for which you want to enable tree view navigation.
  2. On the Site Actions menu, choose Site Settings.
  3. On the Site Settings page under the Look and Feel category, click Tree view.
  4. On the Tree view page, select the Enable Tree View check box.Tree view page in WSS 3.

Tree view navigation is enabled by default when you use the Document Center site template, which comes with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. The Document Center site template is not available in WSS 3.0.

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