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How to Fit Many Menu Items in a Navigation Bar

It’s hard to fit a lot of menu items in a navigation bar with limited horizontal space. You can try squeezing them together, but you’ll end up overwhelming users with too many items at once.

Many interfaces make the mistake of trying to fit too many items in their navigation bar. As a result, users have trouble scanning for the item they want. The item labels run together, and there’s not much visual space for the eyes to easily distinguish each one.

On mobile screens, horizontal space is more limited. Instead of item labels, most will use icons. However, cramming many icons in the bar makes specific items hard to find. Users perceive a lot of visual noise and not much signal.

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