SharePoint Changes Ahead: New Document Library

Another great post by the “legendary” Benjamin Niaulin of ShareGate

Microsoft has delivered one of the first pieces they said they would with an updated UI for the SharePoint Document Library. The UI is that which has been tested on OneDrive for Business for months and announced on stage in Stockholm back in November to arrive along with many other changes to give life back into the SharePoint Team Site. This change allows us to get a glimpse of the future planned for SharePoint, let’s take a look at it.

Changes to the SharePoint Document Library

Before we dive into the future of SharePoint, let’s look at the new interface presented to us and point out some of what we see.

The New Document Library and the SharePoint People

  • New Quick Launch menu on the left
  • Updated Library Search that shows results almost instantly
  • Removed the Ribbon for a simpler and actionable menu
  • Added document “Pinning” to always have them at the top of the library
  • Easier wording for sharing content with “Get a Link”
  • Users can Right-Click to bring the contextual menu up
  • Library Views management added in a menu via an ellipsis
  • Save your current filtered and displayed columns as a View with the click of a button
  • New Details pane shows information like properties, versioning and more
  • Quick access to manage the properties of documents without navigating to a different page or form
  • Versioning shown as activity
  • Alert Me button put into evidence
  • Move or Copy files within the library
  • A new Grid View
  • Create Links to other files or anywhere really and have them available as a “file” in the library
  • A new image viewer to quick preview them from within your library

Here are additional screenshots showing some of these changes:

The Search in a Document Library

The New Document Library and the SharePoint People

Managing the Metadata on your files from the Details Panel

The New Document Library and the SharePoint People

Pinning files in your Library and managing them

The New Document Library and the SharePoint People

Changing which columns are being displayed

The New Document Library and the SharePoint People

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