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Wondering where common actions got moved in Modern Document Libraries? Use this handy guide!

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How to Find Common Document Library Actions in Modern SharePoint Document Libraries

One of the best things about SharePoint on Office 365 is that you are able to take advantage of all of the great new features that Microsoft is developing as part of the future of SharePoint as they become available. While some updates have only minimal impact on end user experiences, modern document libraries introduce some pretty significant differences that might make users uncomfortable for a little while. After all, all change is disruptive when it’s unfamiliar! To help both me and my clients quickly find where common document library actions have moved, I created a feature comparison table that I’m sharing in this post. This is my “dude, where’s my car?” or “where did my cheese go?” summary.

Download my Common Feature Comparison between Modern and Classic SharePoint Document Libraries (.pdf) and let me know if I missed anything important for you or your users. Remember that not all of the features that you may need are in the modern experience yet. If SharePoint detects that your library is using a feature or capability that is not compatible with the modern experience, you won’t be able to switch to it even if it’s the default setting. If you are able to use the modern experience – or you would like some handy training for your users, I hope this will help!

Modern document libraries are rolling out now but this has been a big week for Microsoft announcements related to SharePoint and Office 365. Among others:

  • There are exciting new features for Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint, including Zoom, which seems to be Prezi for PowerPoint.
  • In addition, modern lists will be available soon. Modern lists will include integration with PowerApps (for mobile and desktop applications) and Flow (for workflow). Though Modern Lists are not available until August 2016, Microsoft has provided a way to preview the capability by adding a simple string to your list URL. Learn more about how to do it in this post on the new Office 365 Network, the community collaboration space to connect, share, and learn from Office 365 experts in Microsoft and all over the world.
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