I'm trying to do something pretty basic in my perspective, but I keep failing at this simple task.

My website has a main menu that is displayed on top of the page that is 2 levels deep (hence the Show as expanded). On the left toolbar it has another display of main menu, starting from level 2.

I have a main menu that looks like the following:

-link 1 (has option show as expanded)
--link 1.1
--link 1.2
-link 2 (has option show as expanded)
--link 2.1
--link 2.2

Problem now is that in the left toolbar all my level 2 links are always displayed, probably because I expand them. But I only want to view the children from my active trail.

Is this possible at all with the current setup? When I deselect Show as expanded, my top menu doesn't show the second level (except when I click the first level first = active trail).

Another problem with this new (menu) block system is that I use a template to render my main menu: menu--main.html.twig but both my top and left menu use this template. Is there any best practice to separate the templates?

  • Have you tried the Menu block module?
    – donquixote
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 12:27
  • It's D8, so doesn't have menu block Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 12:58
  • Ah. Sorry. Then I have no idea :) I suppose some contrib work similar to menu_block or menupoly needs to happen in D8 then.
    – donquixote
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 13:49
  • D8 enables you to add custom blocks (of type Menu or type View) already. So menu_block seems useless, although I was able to do my functionality with menu_blocks without any problems. Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 13:58
  • Did you ever figure out how to separate the templates for your menus?? I have the same issue. I want to have a different template for level 2 of the main menu. I was hoping I could expose the block id in the menu preprocess function and then use it in my main menu twig file, but I've been unsucessful. Any ideas on how I can accomplish this??
    – chavab_1
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 17:56

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I also discovered that if "Show as expanded" is checked, the menu is displayed at sublevels where it should not appear. This patch fix this behavior:


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