Which version of SharePoint am I using?

When looking for help online, you often need to know the version of SharePoint you're using. This topic is designed to help you find that out.

Updated October 13, 2016 thanks to customer feedback.

Find the version of SharePoint you're using

If you see something that looks familiar, click the image to go to more information about that SharePoint version.

SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online upper left corner of home screen.

If you see

  1. There is no ribbon and there is an app launcher icon.

  2. The body shows Frequent and Suggested sites

  3. The Quick Launch bar shows Following, Recent, and Featured links as options.

You're using SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online Classic mode

SharePoint Online Classic mode upper left corner showing app launcher and title

If you see

  1. Title of environment is Office 365

  2. Title of app is SharePoint. There is a ribbon.

You're using SharePoint Online Classic mode

SharePoint Server 2016

SharePoint 2016 upper left corner of screen showing app launcher and title

If you see

  1. Title of environment is SharePoint

  2. Title of app is Sites. This title also appears on the app launcher like this. There is a ribbon.

You're using SharePoint 2016

SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint 2013 Upper Left corner

If you see

  1. There's a ribbon but no app launcher*, and only "SharePoint on the title bar.

    *As of July, 2016 the app launcher is now available for SharePoint Server 2013 hybrid installations. For more info, see SharePoint hybrid

  2. To switch between apps, there is a top menu bar.

You're using SharePoint 2013

SharePoint Server 2010

SharePoint 2010 upper left corner of the screen.

If you see

  1. The Site Actions button is used to get to all SharePoint 2010's settings.

  2. Home is a button rather than a link.

  3. The Quick Launch bar is preset with Libraries, Lists, and Discussions.

You're using SharePoint 2010

Note: One possible problem with the descriptions on these pages is if your version of SharePoint has been customized by your admin or site management. SharePoint is extremely configurable, and your admin can change or modify almost every aspect of what a site looks like and the options you have. If your site doesn't fit into any of these guides, you may need to ask your admin or site manager.

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SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online can operate in either the modern user interface mode, or the classic SharePoint mode.

The Modern user interface is easy to recognize.

The redesigned Home page displays frequently visited sites, the latest activity, followed sites, and recommended sites. There is also no ribbon.

View of modern home page

The Site contents page has also been updated. You can now add a list, document library, apps, or a subsite, right from the first level menus.

New link clicked with List highlighted

Document libraries offer list or tile views, with the ability to pin files, images, videos, audio, or whatever you want at your fingertips at the top of the page.

Modern document library with images

Document libraries let you move or copy files between folders in the library with Move To and Copy To.

Copy to button on main menu

Lists are also updated with a new look, and through the modern user interface, there is no ribbon.

View of a list in SharePoint

The details pane. Click Open the details pane Document Library Details Pane and see context sensitive information on the list, library, or individual files.

Open the details pane button highlighted

In a document library, you can view file activity. Select a file and view or edit properties, like name, title, or hashtags.

Details pane for a single file selected.

Command line above library has ellipses (...) you click for more options. The commands appear on the Command bar when in full screen mode, or on the ellipses menu when in a reduced size. The command bar also changes whether you have items selected or not.

Ellipses with check out menu, with check out highlighted

In the new List user interface, you have new Flow and PowerApps features on the command bar.

Flow menu in list with Add Flow highlighted

Quick Edit and Export to Excel are also right there on the bar.

SharePoint Online list with Export to Excel highlighted

SharePoint Server 2016 and SharePoint Online Classic mode   

SharePoint Server 2016 and SharePoint Online classic mode are very similar. But there are two easy to spot exceptions, all in the upper left corner of the screen. Here's a quick way to check. If you are using SharePoint OnlineClassic mode, you can use Help topics specified for SharePoint 2016.

SharePoint Online Classic mode

SharePoint Online Classic mode upper left corner showing app launcher and title
  1. Title of environment is Office 365

  2. Title of app is SharePoint

SharePoint Server 2016

SharePoint 2016 upper left corner of screen showing app launcher and title
  1. Title of environment is SharePoint

  2. Title of app is Sites. This title also appears on the app launcherr like this.

Resources   

What's new in SharePoint Online?

SharePoint Online Help

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SharePoint Server 2016

SharePoint Server 2016 is similar to SharePoint 2013. The command centers for both are ribbons, and many of the settings and content screens are the same. However there are some differences.

If you have SharePoint Online but are in Classic mode, pretty much everything will look like SharePoint 2016, with two exceptions:

SharePoint Server 2016

SharePoint 2016 upper left corner of screen showing app launcher and title
  1. Title of environment is SharePoint

  2. Title of app is Sites. This title also appears on the app launcher like this.

SharePoint Online Classic mode

SharePoint Online Classic mode upper left corner showing app launcher and title
  1. Title of environment is Office 365

  2. Title of app is SharePoint

Here some visual clues to identify SharePoint 2016. SharePoint 2016 was the first version of SharePoint to use the app launcher icon. SharePoint 2016 shares this with SharePoint Online, and is where you can start SharePoint, OneDrive, the NewsFeed, or other apps depending on how your admin has configured it.

SharePoint 2016 App launcher with tiles

The Settings button SharePoint 2016 Settings button on title bar. in SharePoint 2016 is on the left of your login ID and Help icon (?), where SharePoint 2013 is on the right of your login. The Settings button shares the line with the app launcher, the environment name, and the app title is on the title bar.

SharePoint 2016 Settings menu drop down

There is a command bar in SharePoint 2016 document libraries. It lets you create a New document, Upload, Sync, and do other library tasks. The items that don't fit on the command line are listed under the More command.

Dialog box of sharepoint document library with several files in it.

The commands on the command bar change whether you're looking at a list or document library. For a list, only two options are offered, New and Edit, so it looks different.

SharePoint 2016 List command bar

Views are just listed just under the command bar. Click the ellipses (...) for a drop down menu to modify or create a view.

Resources   

What's New in SharePoint 2016

What's discontinued in SharePoint 2016

SharePoint Server 2016 Help

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SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint Server 2013 has a ribbon with buttons to launch tasks. The difference between this and SharePoint 2016 is that there is no app launcher icon.

SharePoint 2013 Ribbon in upper left corner of screen

The menu bar for SharePoint, NewsFeeds or Yammer, and OneDrive (or SkyDrive) is on the top right. If there are additional apps installed, they can appear as well.

SharePoint 2013 top menu bar

The SharePoint 2013 settings button is on the top link bar, on the right of your login ID. This differs from SharePoint 2016 which is on the left of your login ID.

SharePoint 2013 Settings button with dropdown menu

Resources   

What's New in SharePoint 2013

What's discontinued in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint Server 2013 Help

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SharePoint Server 2010

SharePoint 2010 site actions menu

SharePoint Server 2010 is quite different from the later versions of SharePoint. There is no Settings button, but a Site Actions Site Actions Menu button in the upper left of the screen. When you click Site Actions Site Actions Menu , you can get a options to create new pages, sites, document libraries, view and update permissions, and get to all site settings and content.

The Quick Launch bar on the left of the page, spells out libraries, lists, and discussions as headings. You can also open the Recycle Bin or view all site content.

SharePoint 2010 Quick Launch bar

When you open either Libraries or Lists, and click Create, the selection of types are illustrated with colorful and relatively detailed icons. Later versions of SharePoint use more simplified icons. Additionally from either Libraries or Lists, you can filter types from all down to just the specific type you want.

SharePoint 2010 Create list or library page with announcements highlighted

When you click All Site Content, you get a list of elements that your site contains, including a description and the last time modified.

SharePoint 2010 All Site Content page

Resources   

What's New in SharePoint 2010

What's discontinued in SharePoint 2010

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About the Quick Launch bar

The Quick Launch bar is a pane that appears on the left side of the screen where you can go directly to pages, libraries and other areas of your site.

You can set whether lists and libraries are displayed there, as well as pages, subsites, Wikis, and other areas of your SharePoint site. The Quick Launch bar is a constant navigation method through the versions of SharePoint, although the look and contents change between versions.

You can add almost any element of your SharePoint site to the Quick Launch bar through the settings. For lists and libraries, use the list settings or library settings, and click List name, description and navigation or Library name, description and navigation and look for Display this document library on the Quick Launch?

For more on editing the Quick Launch bar, see Customize the navigation on your team site.

SharePoint Online QuickLaunchBar

SharePoint_Online Quick Launch

SharePoint 2016- SharePoint Online Classic Quick Launch bar

SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint_Online Classic Quick Launch

SharePoint 2013 Quick Launch bar

SharePoint 2013Quick Launch

SharePoint 2010 Quick Launch bar

SharePoint 2010Quick Launch

You can also display the Quick Launch bar as a tree view. For more information on that, see Display the Tree View in the Quick Launch bar.

Quick Launch bar with tree view

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About the App Launcher

The app launcher is a grid type icon that opens a thumbnail menu of your apps.

SharePoint 2016 App launcher with tiles
The app launcher in SharePoint 2016 with thumbnail menu open

It is in the upper left corner of SharePoint Online, Office 365, and SharePoint 2016. As of July 2016, the App Launcher is available for administrators to deploy on SharePoint Server 2013 Hybrid installations. Depending on the apps you have installed or subscribed to, the menu of apps can vary.

SharePoint Online App launcher open, with launcher button highlighted
The app launcher in SharePoint Online with thumbnail menu open

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