I am designing an internal tool for a client. This tool is very information dense and most of its content is tables with a lot of columns.

When designing the navigation I had thought of a sidebar, but as it takes up part of the horizontal space it generates horizontal scroll in many of the tables.

I have thought of 3 solutions:

  • Change to top navigation
  • Collapse sidebar (but I'm worried about relying only on icons to communicate the sections)
  • Try to reduce the information in the tables (I've tried but my client doesn't want to hear about it).

What do you think should I do? Thanks

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You can collapse the sidebar and not rely only on icons but also on tooltips that show up while hovering on the icon.

  • Yes, you can also have an hamburger menù at the top of the sidebar to collapse/expand the entire bar Sep 8, 2023 at 8:15

Use a multi-level top navigation:

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I don't know what your navigation looks like now, so this is the best I can do.

Honestly, a single level can do as well, you just lose a lot of the benefits of using a side nav. Maybe reducing the font size? But again, I can't say much since I don't know what your nav looks like at the moment

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