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A Custom Menu Widget can show links to items within your site, to other websites, or both, and can be used as an alternative to the Links widget which displays links managed on the Links administration screen (see Add & Configure the Links Widget (Blogroll)). If you don't have a large number of URLs to manage, you may find a Custom Menu Widget easier to set up.
To add links to a Custom Menu Widget and display the widget in a sidebar or other Widget Area on your blog:
- You must first create a menu to add to the widget. See Add & Manage Menus on Your Blog.
- Once your menu has been saved, on the Dashboard Main Menu, click Appearance, then Widgets. The Widgets screen opens listing Available Widgets (at left) and Widget Areas (at right, or bottom on a phone). Note: Available Widgets and Widget Areas vary according to your blog's Theme.
- Under Available Widgets (left column of page), locate and click Custom Menu. The widget will expand to list available Widget Areas.
- Click the Widget Area (e.g., First Sidebar) where your Custom Menu should appear. The name of the selected Widget Area will be highlighted and checked.
- Click Add Widget (at bottom of list of Widget Areas). The Widget Area (at right, or bottom on a phone) will expand with a Custom Menu widget added.
- Click the name bar of the Custom Menu widget you just placed to open its options.
- In the Custom Menu options make these settings:
- In the Title entry field, enter a title. The title will show as a heading for the widget.
- From the Select menu drop-down, select the menu you created ain step 1.
- Click Save (at bottom of Custom Menu panel). The Custom Menu will now appear on your site in the widget area it was added to.
- To reorder widgets within the Widget Area, drag them to a new position.
For more information on using widgets, see Manage Blog Plugins & Widgets.