Azure Portal collapsed service menus #azure #portal #ui #ux

Recently the menu structure in Azure is changed into a collapsed and expanded menu, Don't know who thought it was the best option to have all the blades in collapsed mode. one word #annoying for me

Collapsing menus, also known as accordion menus, are a popular design choice in many web applications, including Microsoft Azure. They allow for a clean and organized interface, especially in areas where there is a need to display a large amount of content or numerous options. In the context of Microsoft Azure, collapsing menus can be seen throughout the Azure portal. These menus help in navigating through the vast array of services, resources, and settings that Azure has to offer.

When you log into the Azure portal, you're presented with a sidebar on the left side of the screen. This sidebar contains a list of menu items representing different Azure services like App Services, Accounts, SQL Databases, and more. Each of these menu items can be expanded or collapsed by clicking on them. When a menu item is collapsed, you'll only see the icon and the name of the service. However, when you expand a menu item, it reveals a set of sub-menu items. These sub-menu items provide quick access to various features and settings related to that particular service.

I know the User experience can vary greatly, and what works well for one person might not work as well for another.

Luckely there is an easy way to fix this, in the portal settings.

Go to the startup views and change the collapsed to expanded

Don't forget to Apply the settings

The beauty of these collapsing menus is that they allow you to have a multitude of options readily available, without overwhelming the interface. You can easily navigate to the service you need, expand its menu, and dive into the specific feature or setting you're interested in.

With the Expanded setting you will see the full blade with all the items

collapsing menus in Azure provide a streamlined and efficient way to navigate the platform, making it easier for users to manage and configure their Azure resources. They are a testament to Azure's user-friendly design, catering to both novice users and seasoned professionals alike.

Personaly I like the full menu.

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