Just when I had recovered from the (pleasant) shock of “the new document library experience” I found out that “Site Contents” has had a design overhaul.
I have not seen many blogs on this new feature yet, so let me show you more.
What did the Site Contents page look like?
The “old” look and feel of Site Contents
My concerns have been:
- I personally do not like the grid layout with tiles, I can read a list better. Call me old-fashioned.
- Although the tiles occupy plenty of real estate, they do not provide as much info as they could, as I described earlier in “SharePoint tiles I’d like to see”.
- I always forget if I have to click the tile (yes) or the … (no) to open up the list/library.
So, will my concerns be gone after the design change?
This is the new design
The new design – top of page
Eye catcher: 3 new content blocks
- Number of Site Visits
- Trending content
I am not very active in my Office 365 environment, so the numbers displayed in the screenshot are not exactly informative, but you will get the gist. I am curious to see if the trending content itself will be displayed eventually, apart from the number.
I think this will create welcome transparency.
A new way to create new items
Instead of the “Add an app” tile, you now select “New” and you can pre-select the desired item you want to add.
It appears that lists and libraries are no longer called “apps” – this calls for a happy dance!
Creating a new item
If you click Document library, you will go immediately to the new document library creation page.
If you click App you will go to the known grid of app tiles.
I have not tested the Lists and Subsites yet.
The actual content
Underneath, your site’s real content is displayed.
The actual Site Contents. Please note the site top bar and header stay where they are when you scroll down.
These are no longer displayed as tiles, but as a list. The list is sorted on list type, and then alphabetically on name, displaying icon, name, type, number of items and last modified date.
The subsites are displayed on a separate tab:
The list of subsites, with #Views, and Created and Modified Dates
What do I think?
I like this new design.
- I especially like the list of apps with their smaller icons, because the smaller icons show more variety than the big blue tiles, and are therefore easier to distinguish.
- The modified date is a granted wish. I am totally fine with “one hour ago” or “two days ago” but when it is more than a month ago, I prefer to see the exact date.
- Sorting the list on List type is helpful.
- The Created and Modified Dates for the subsites are also very helpful.
- I still have to see what extra value the three new blocks on top will have, but I can imagine these will be useful.
- Also, it looks like older versions of SharePoint. While this may be a disappointment to some, at this moment it is very welcome to me. The company I work for is moving to Office 365 and I am concerned that our users will be totally lost in their new environment.
What do I miss?
- The description of the list or library.
- The link to go back to the new look-and-feel!!!
When I noticed the new design, I found it had been changed across all my sites. That annoyed me because I did not have a screenshot of “before”.
Then I noticed a link, bottom left, saying: “Return to Classic SharePoint”. I created some screenshots of the new situation “just in case” and clicked that link…
All my sites turned back to the Classic look, with no link to the new design.
I can only hope that this change will be rolled out irreversibly in a few months. But if you know how to reset it, please let me know!
[Update June 13, 2016: Fortunately, Andrew Gilleran knew the solution: Log out and log in again. A new session will restore the new look-and-feel! Thanks, Andrew!]
You can view Ellen’s original post here: The new “Site Contents” layout