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We've taught a LOT of people to use Drupal 7 over the last 4 years and one bug comes up more than any other.

When enabling large new modules such as CTools via the admin interface, it's not uncommon for other modules to become unpublished.

When those modules are unpublished, people often lose access for to the administration menu. Needless to say, that's not a helpful situation for beginners.

So, here's a quick guide to recovering from a lost Drupal administration menu.

This is a screenshot showing the administration menu:

screenshot showing the Drupal administration menu

If you enable some modules and then the administration menus disappear, the image below shows what you'll see.

Notice that there are still signs that you are logged in (I've marked those in red). This is important - if you are logged out, you won't see the administration menu either, but that's a different problem.

screenshot showing the unpublished administration menu

What you need to do is access the main "Modules" page. The best way to get there is by typing in the URL of the modules page.

Try adding one of these to your main domain name:

  • /admin/modules/
  • ?q=admin/modules
Drupal Modules page

Now on the Modules page, you need to re-enable two modules:

  • Shortcut
  • Toolbar

Check the boxes next to those modules and then click "Save configuration".

Once those two modules are enabled, you'll have your administration menu back.

Enabling the shortcut and toolbar modules

About the author

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.