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Hidden Categories

The information on this page is intended for Adobe Commerce 2.3 customers who are on an extended support contract. The Adobe Commerce Merchant Documentation for current releases is published on the Adobe Experience League.

There are many ways to use hidden categories. You might want to create additional category levels for your own internal purposes, but show only the higher-level categories to your customers. Or, you might want to link to a category that is not included in the navigation menu.

Create hidden categories

  1. On the Admin sidebar, go to Catalog > Categories.

  2. In the category tree, select the category you want to hide and do the following:

    • Set Is Active to Yes.
    • Set Include in Menu to No.
  3. In the Display Settings section, set Anchor to No.

    The hidden category is active, but does not appear in the top menu, or in layered navigation.

  4. Complete the following settings for each hidden subcategory to create subcategories:

    Although the category is hidden, you can create subcategories beneath it and make them active.

    • Set Enable Category to Yes.
    • In the Display Settings section, set Anchor to Yes.

    As active categories, you can now link to them from other places in your store, but they will not appear in the menu.

  5. When complete, click Save.