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Office 365 Advent Calendar – 22 Modern and Classic Experience in SharePoint Online


Earlier this year, Microsoft announced and rolled out the modern experience for lists. They didn’t stop at that, but also introduced modern pages and sites. But what are the differences to the ‘classic experiences’, so the type of lists, libraries, pages, and sites that we’ve been using now for many years? How can you switch between these two experiences? And how can you customise the modern experience items? Luckily, there’s some good guidance available from Microsoft.

First of all, it should be noted that the classic experience won’t disappear anytime soon. While Microsoft is rolling out the modern experience, the classic experience will still remain available. However, it should be noted that the functionality set between these two can be quite different. Review the links listed further below for details.

How do I switch between experiences?

For lists and libraries, please have a look at Switch the default experience for lists or document libraries from new or classic.

For modern sites and pages, the situation is a bit more different. You can’t switch a site between the classic and the modern experience. You also can’t upgrade a ‘classic’ site to a ‘modern’ site, however you can enable the corresponding capabilities to make a ‘classic’ site make use of the ‘modern’ features.


What are the differences between ‘classic’ and ‘modern’ lists/libraries?

This article provides some details on which functionality is currently only available in the ‘classic experience’. As you can see, there is quite a range of useful functionality that is not yet in the ‘modern experience’. Note that not all differences are listed. For example, the new smart filters are only available in modern lists. Also, existing customizations will most likely not work anymore.


What kind of customization possibilities do I have for ‘modern experiences’?

Have a look at this great article by Vesa Juvonen, and the other pages mentioned in it.


Office 365 Advent Calendar – 04 Moving/Copying files within SharePoint Online Libraries



You have a couple of files within a SharePoint Online document library which you want to move within the same library, for example to a new folder.


Note: The following steps are only available in the ‘Modern Experience’ for document libraries. If you’re still using the ‘Classic Experience’ (for example because your tenant settings have been configured to use Classic), then you can’t make use of this new functionality yet.

In my example here, I have a library with 4 reports as well as a newly created ‘Reports’ folder. I want to move the 4 reports into the new folder.move-copy-files-sharepoint-online-1


Select all files that you want to copy or move. The options for the library change and you can now see ‘Delete’, ‘Move to’, and ‘Copy to’. I’m going to use ‘Move to’
The next step now is to choose where to move the items to. Moving and Copying is only possible within the same library, at the moment you can’t move/copy documents to other libraries. You can also create a new Folder in the current location that you navigated to in the sidepane.move-copy-files-sharepoint-online-3


After I selected where I want to move my documents, I simply need to click the ‘Move here’ button.move-copy-files-sharepoint-online-4


And that’s it, my 4 reports are now in my newly created folder.