Differences between the new and classic experiences for lists and libraries

Differences between the new and classic experiences for lists and libraries

 The new document library and list experience in SharePoint Online is faster, displays better in mobile browsers, and is easier to use. With the new experience, you can:

  • Create new folders and upload folders the same way you do in OneDrive, using the command bar instead of the ribbon. You can also easily copy and move files using the command bar.

  • Pin documents to the top to highlight them.

  • Add files as links instead of copying them between sites.

  • Easily resize, sort, filter, and group columns, and create custom views.

  • Quickly change file info, and easily access previews and additional details.

The new experience supports the themes, navigation, and custom buttons that were created in the classic experience. However, some features can only be used in the classic experience.

Notes: 

Features available only in the classic experience

The Ribbon

  • The Ribbon itself

  • Certain features available through the Ribbon:

    • Popularity trends

    • RSS Feed

    • Most Popular Items

    • Connect to Outlook

    • Connect to Office

    • Export to Excel

      Note: Export to Excel is available only in the classic experience for document libraries (and only in Internet Explorer). However, it is available in the new experience for lists (in Internet Explorer and Edge only).

    • Open with Access

    • Form Web Parts

    • Edit Library

    • New Quick Step

    • Declare Record

    • Send To

    • Follow

View features

  • Item totals

  • Custom styles (such as Basic Table or Document Details)

  • Multiple web parts on list view pages

Navigation features

  • Tree view

  • Metadata navigation and filtering

  • Per-location views

  • Customized navigation links on publishing sites

Column types

  • External data columns

  • Geolocation columns

  • Publishing columns (Publishing HTML, Publishing Image, Publishing Hyperlink)

List and library features

  • Content organizer

  • Follow feature

Customizations

  • List templates other than Document Library, Custom List, Announcements List, Links List, Picture Library

  • Customize in InfoPath

  • Minimal Download Strategy (MDS)

  • SharePoint Server Publishing

  • JSLink code on fields or views

  • CustomActions that include ScriptBlock or ScriptSrc properties

    CustomActions that do not include ScriptBlock or ScriptSrc properties will continue to work as expected

Permissions

  • Limited-access user permission lockdown mode

Features that cause the new experience to automatically switch to the classic experience

Column types

  • External data columns

  • Geolocation columns

  • Publishing columns (Publishing HTML, Publishing Image, Publishing Hyperlink)

Permissions

  • Limited-access user permission lockdown mode

Customizations

  • List templates other than Document Library, Custom List, Announcements List, Links List, Picture Library

  • JSLink code on fields

  • CustomActions on the list that include ScriptBlock or ScriptSrc properties

  • A list view page with any web part other than the list view web part

  • Document set welcome pages

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