April 2016 Microsoft started to roll out a drastic change
in the user interface of the SharePoint Online document
libraries. In the demo below Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems
Designer of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, points out
the differences between the modern and the classic experience
and shows how to switch between the two interfaces.
Note that if you use the modern interface, some of what
is said about document libraries in the SharePoint Online
from Scratch series is done in a another way than showed
in here. We will update articles and demos as soon as time
permits, but if you know both interfaces you will hopefully
understand the instructions given in this series even if
your library interface looks different.
Quick Actions Pane
The most obvious change is probably that the SharePoint
ribbon has been removed in the libraries. Directly under
the top banner the new interface instead has a quick actions
pane, or command bar.
The image above shows the quick actions pane when no item
is selected in the library, but the pane gives different
options depending on if no, one or multiple items are selected.
Depending on screen size, the controls are in form of icons
or in a dropdown under an ellipsis.
More Important News
the Library Settings link in the modern interface is
found under the settings gear. The settings page looks
Search: the modern interface only
has one search field and it searches the current library.
There is no easy, no-code possibility to edit the
There are no Connect & Export features, except
Export to Excel, and there is no possibility to open
the library in Windows Explorer.
Apps with the modern interface have a "Create Flow"
command, and lists also have a PowerApps command.
Switch between classic and new experience
In the left bottom corner of the new interface there is
a link: 'Return to classic SharePoint'. There is also a
corresponding 'Exit classic experience' link in the classic
interface. Each library user can switch interface with these
In the Library Settings, library owners and admins can set
the default experience for that library:
Open the Library Settings and click on the link
'Advanced settings' in the General Settings group.
Set the List experience at the bottom of the Advanced
settings page to the interface that should be default.