Currently in Magento 2.3 the dropdown menu only can show the subcategories. I want to change this so that the subcategories are not displayed but only a specific static block.

Inside that block I want to create my own navigation with subcategories and other content.

How can I achieve that?

  • If you want to remove the dropdown element completely then use <referenceBlock remove="true" name="navigation.sections" /> in your theme's default.xml file. In the same file you can add a static block via <block class="Magento\Cms\Block\Block"> ... and passing the identifier as an argument. Jan 22, 2019 at 15:49
  • @user7290573 Thanks for the reply! I found the remove element indeed, but I do not know how to add the static block with passing the identifier. Can you show me the entire code for this?
    – JGeer
    Jan 22, 2019 at 17:15
  • Posted the code as an answer - let me know if that works. Jan 22, 2019 at 17:40

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The following code should work when placed inside your theme's default.xml layout file:

<!-- Insert a custom container to the page wrapper -->
<referenceContainer name="page.wrapper">

    <!-- The custom <header> container is called my-header -->
    <container name="my-header" before="-" htmlTag="header" htmlId="my-header">

        <!-- Add a static block with an identifier of header_links_block -->
        <block class="Magento\Cms\Block\Block" name="header_links_block">
                <argument name="block_id" xsi:type="string">header_links_block</argument>



<!-- Remove default navigation section -->
<referenceBlock remove="true" name="navigation.sections" />
  • Many thanks! The only problem is that we now can not add a custom block as dropdown to each category. Any idea to how to edit this, so that we can add a custom block to each category as dropdown?
    – JGeer
    Jan 22, 2019 at 21:07
  • @HenkZ I don't fully understand what you mean. Let's say you're viewing a category called "Men's Hoodies & Sweatshirts" - would you want it to automatically show a custom block called mens-hoodies-sweatshirts (for example) and so on for each category? Jan 23, 2019 at 9:31
  • Thanks! What I need is just something like a mega menu module, but I do not want all unnecessary code, because we do not use a lot of the options. The only thing is that we want to create 5 top categories, when hover in the menu it will show a dropdown. And that dropdown should be a unique custom block, so that we can add our own links and images etc.
    – JGeer
    Jan 23, 2019 at 9:45
  • @HenkZ why can't you just add your custom content to the header_links_block block? I still don't understand what you mean exactly - can you link to an example? Jan 23, 2019 at 13:45

Was this figured out yet. I'm trying to do the same: Replace the category dropdown with a drop down that, when hovered, will show custom block in a dropdown, like the subcategory does.

  • Nope I still have not found a solution to this problem. Do you have found a solution?
    – JGeer
    Dec 22, 2019 at 16:17

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