If you need to add an Image Icon or Image next to your Menu Item in Joomla! 1.5 then this Tutorial is for you.
Log into the back end. Once in the backed of your Joomla! site eg. (www.yoursite.com/administrator) select MENUS=>MAIN MENU (Any menu you prefer). The Menu Item Manager should open now.
Click on a Menu Item to edit, or make a check in the checkbox next to the item that you wish to edit and click on the Edit button.
The Menu items settings should appear. On the right hand side of the screen open the Parameters-System option, if you click on it it should expand. Look for a setting called Menu Image with a Drop down next to it. Select the image that you need to have as the Menu Link and click on Save.
Now an image should appear next to your Menu Text.
NOTE: If the image that you need to use isn’t in the list you need to add it manually.
1) Click on SITE=>MEDIA MANAGER
2) Upload your Images to the STORIES directory or via FTP upload you images to the Root Directory of your Joomla! Installation in the directory IMAGES/STORIES.
If that\’s the case it could be related to your template
The image is added, but next challenge is lower it a bit – the bottom of the image is aligned with the centre-line of the text height.