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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.

SPOOldDocumentLibraryHeader

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

SPONewDocumentLibraryHeader

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.

SPONewDocumentLibraryHeaderNewDocument

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.

SPONewDocumentLibraryHeaderDocumentSelected

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.

SPONewDocumentLibraryHeaderEditMenu

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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Corey Roth, a SharePoint Server MVP, is a consultant at Hitachi Consulting specializing in SharePoint and Office 365 for clients in the energy sector. He has more than ten years of experience delivering solutions in the energy, travel, advertising and consumer electronics verticals.

Corey specializes in delivering ECM and search solutions to clients using SharePoint. Corey has always focused on rapid adoption of new Microsoft technologies including Visual Studio 2013, Office 365, and SharePoint.

He is a member of the .NET Mafia (www.dotnetmafia.com) where he blogs about the latest technology and SharePoint. He is dedicated to the community and speaks regularly at user groups and SharePoint Saturdays.