Enable & configure the Administration Menu module

Administration Menu (http://drupal.org/project/admin_menu) is a contributed module that is automatically installed by the Stanford Collaboration Tools Installer. It creates a Drupal administration menu at the top of the browser window, which makes life much easier for site administrators and developers. (It isn't seen by other users.) The installer does not enable the module, but it is so useful that the very first thing I always do on a new site is remedy that.

In general, there are four major steps to adding a contributed module to a Drupal site:

  1. Install the module
  2. Enable the module
  3. Set permissions for the module
  4. Configure the module

For the Administration Menu, these four steps look like this:

  1. Install the module
    • This has already been done by the Collaboration Tools Installer
  2. Enable the module
    1. Go to Administer->Site building->Modules (http://www.stanford.edu/.../admin/build/modules)
    2. In the "Administration" section, enable (check) "Administration menu"
    3. Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click the "Save configuration" button
  3. Set permissions for the module
    • We're going to skip this step for now. It will be taken care of later in the initial configuration process.
  4. Configure the module
    1. Go to Administer->Site configuration->Administration menu (http://www.stanford.edu/.../admin/settings/admin_menu)
    2. Leave "Adjust top margin" enabled (checked). This makes sure the top of the Drupal page won't be covered over.
    3. Leave "Keep menu at top of page" disabled (unchecked). If checked, this can cause browser issues.
    4. Leave both options under "advanced settings" disabled (unchecked). These settings are mainly a matter of taste. Feel free to go back later and try them.
    5. Click the "Save configuration" button