Navigation Elements

The ability to easily view and navigate to areas of the CRM is key to improved productivity and user adoption. SuiteCRM has a clear UI which has various elements we will cover in this section.

Top navigation menu

The top navigation menu is the main menu users will use to navigate to modules to create and manage records. The standard layout for the top navigation is a list of 10 modules. The ordering for this menu is determined by the order of the modules in Admin → Display Modules and Subpanels. The top navigation menu has six elements. These are:

  • CRM Name – This is the name for the CRM which is specified on installation. This defaults to SuiteCRM.

  • Module Menu – This lists or groups the modules, dependent on the user preference. This provides the ability for users to navigate to modules within the CRM.

  • Desktop Notification Count – This shows the number of desktop notifications the user has not yet read. These can be managed by the user. For full details on Desktop Notifications, see the Desktop Notifications section within this user guide.

  • Quick Create – Quick create allows the quick creation of key module records globally within the CRM.

  • Global/Full Text Search – Allows users to search the CRM globally for records/data.

  • User menu – This displays the user name for the user currently logged in. There is a drop down menu which gives users access to Employees, their profile, the about page and a link to logout.

17Navigation menu

To view a module, you can click on the module name. This will take you to the List View of that module. For full details on views, read the Views section of this user guide.

Hovering over a module name will produce a drop down menu. This drop down menu displays the Actions and Recently Viewed records for that module.

18Dropdown menu

You can edit records displayed in the Recently Viewed section of the drop down menu by clicking the pencil icon. This will direct you to the Edit View for that record.

19Recently viewed

There is also a grouped tab navigation structure for SuiteCRM. Users can set this option in their user preferences. For full details on modifying user preferences, see the Managing User Accounts section of this user guide.


The grouped tab navigation menu gives the user the ability to group modules within a tab such as the Sales Tab.

21Grouped tab

Quick Create

You can click the 'create' icon in the top navigation menu to access the Quick Create options. This is a list of commonly used modules with the ability to create new records within these modules from any location.

22Quick create


The sidebar is part of the responsive theme and is a user configurable option. The sidebar can be expanded and collapsed by clicking on the button highlighted below.



This displays the Actions for the module you are currently viewing. For example, if you are viewing the Accounts module, the actions that display are: Create Account, View Accounts, Import Accounts. This provides you with one-click access to module actions.

Recently Viewed

This section displays the last 10 records you have viewed. This leaves a breadcrumbs trail so that previously viewed records can be quickly and easily accessed via the sidebar. There is also the option to click the pencil icon, which will take you directly to the Edit View of the record.

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