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New Document Library Headers in SharePoint Online Sites

If you are using SharePoint Online (Office 365), you might notice some changes rolling out this week to your document libraries.  Previously, the header of your document library probably looked something like this.


However, now, you will notice a new set of links where the new document link was.


You can still drag and drop files into your document library like before.  However, there are some other links to get you started.  What's nice about this is that it makes it more obvious about how to create a new document or upload it without having to mess with the ribbon.

Clicking the new button brings up a menu showing you common Office file types.


A sync button is also present which promotes the use of OneDrive for Business for synchronizing document libraries.

You'll notice that edit, manage, and share are disabled.  That's because these links are only available if you have a document selected.  Once you select a document, these options will be available.


Clicking edit will open the document for editing. 

Clicking manage actually brings up the ECB content menu.  This makes it a bit easier to access than before.


Lastly, clicking share brings up the document sharing dialog.  I think these are nice changes that make things easier to work with.  I wonder if these links are extensible like ribbon actions or ECB menu items.

If you don't see these changes in your SharePoint Online tenant, sit tight as they should be showing up before very long.



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April 24, 2014 10:30 AM

Daniele said:


what about if i can see these new features and a my collegue no? in the same library with same permissions?


April 29, 2014 2:45 AM

James Stratton said:

Thanks for this.  We've been wondering why this appeared on a clients intranet.

I don't think Microsoft should be pushing these changes straight to the site.  We have end users that this will seriously confuse and they could get into a right muddle trying to sync large document libraries.  Do you know if it can be disabled?

May 8, 2014 9:09 AM

CoreyRoth said:

@James definitely no parameter to disable it.  Although you could always use a hack by customizing the CSS with your master page.  Not ideal, but it could work.

May 27, 2014 9:58 AM

Rashid Bilgrami said:

Any one know how can i enable these headers under my on premise enviroment its urgent  

June 2, 2015 1:39 AM

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