Find news, sites, and portals in Office 365

Find news, sites, and portals in Office 365

The SharePoint home page in Office 365 is where you can easily find and access SharePoint sites and portals within your organization. You'll also find news from the sites you're following, sites you visit frequently, and other news suggested by the Microsoft Graph. If enabled by your administrator, you can quickly create a team site in SharePoint Online from the SharePoint home page as well. Use search to find other sites, files, or people in your organization.

Note: Some functionality may require an update to be made by your administrator. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles. If you are an administrator, you need to upgrade the site collection if it is still in SharePoint 2010 or 2013 mode in order to see the new SharePoint home page.

To view the SharePoint home page in Office 365:

  1. Sign in to Office 365. For help, see Where to sign in to Office 365.

  2. In the top left corner of the page, select the app launcher icon Office 365 app launcher icon and then select the SharePoint tile (formerly Sites tile) or click SharePoint (formerly Sites) at the top of the page.

SharePoint tile in Office 365 app launcher

SharePoint home page in Office 365

  1. A search box where you can search for sites you've recently visited or files you've recently viewed or edited. You can also search for other sites, files, or people in your organization.

  2. A link to create a new team site if enabled by your administrator

  3. SharePoint sites you're following.

  4. Recent SharePoint sites you've visited. Clicking See all will take you to a page that lists all recent SharePoint sites you’ve visited.

  5. Links to SharePoint sites and portals featured by your organization

    Note: If you're an Office 365 administrator, you can set which links appear in this section. For more information, see Change the Links list on the SharePoint Home page.

  6. A News section that shows recent news from the sites you’re following, sites you visit frequently, and other news suggested by the Microsoft Graph. Click See all to see a list of the 100 latest articles.

  7. SharePoint sites you visit frequently or, if enabled by your administrator, a list of recommended SharePoint sites generated by the Microsoft Graph. In addition to the site name and link, you will also see recent activity information about the site, for example, if something on the site has been recently updated. If 12 or more sites are listed in this section, you'll see a See all link that, when clicked, will take you to a page that lists all of the SharePoint sites you visit frequently.

  8. Suggested SharePoint sites based on recent searches or, if enabled by your administrator, a list of recommended SharePoint sites generated by the Microsoft Graph.

Note: If you only see sites you're following in the main section of the SharePoint home page and only the Links section appears in the left-hand menu, the Microsoft Graph might be turned off or not available. Admins can enable the Microsoft Graph by allowing access to the Microsoft Graph in the Office 365 admin center. If the Microsoft Graph is enabled by your administrator, you can turn it on from your profile page (click your name or picture in the upper right, select About me). Once on your profile page, go to Settings Settings icon > Feature Settings and under Documents in Delve select On.

You can follow a SharePoint site and a link to that site will be added to the Following section of the SharePoint home page. Sites are listed in the order in which they were followed with the most recently followed site showing up first in the list.

To follow a site

  1. Locate the SharePoint site you want to follow. You can locate a site by either searching for it in the search box at the top of the SharePoint home page or by finding it in one of the sections on the SharePoint home page.

  2. If you're on the SharePoint home page, click the star next to the site name to follow the site. The star will turn solid to show you are following the site and a link to the site will be added to the list of followed sites in the left-hand pane of the SharePoint Home page. If you're on the site you want to follow, click Follow a site in Office 365 located on the right-hand side of the menu bar to add it to your list of followed sites.

You can stop following a SharePoint site and the link to that site will be removed from the Following section of the SharePoint home page.

To stop following a site

  1. On the SharePoint home page in the Following section, locate the site you want to stop following.

  2. Click the star next to the site name. The star will turn hollow and a link to the site will no longer appear in your list of followed sites.

The SharePoint home page includes a smart search box that lets you to quickly find the sites, files, and people you're looking for. When you start typing in the search box, you'll see suggestions appear that are based on sites and files you've recently viewed and on popular searches within your organization.

Search Office365

  1. This is the search box where you type what you're looking for. Click X to erase what you've typed. Click the arrow after you've typed what you're looking for to initiate a full search and open the search results page.

  2. Suggested sites, files, or people based on popular searches within your organization.

  3. Site suggestions based on sites you've recently visited. When you click on the site name in the search results, the site will open in the current tab.

  4. File suggestions based on files you've recently opened or edited. When you click on the file name in the search results, the file will open in the current tab.

  5. Clicking Show more results initiates a full search and opens the search results page.

What you’ll see on the search results page

When you click Show more results, the search results page provides more detailed search results based on the word or phrase you typed into the search box. This page also includes a search box that you can use to refine your search.

SharePoint Home Search Results

The information on the search results page is grouped into the following sections:

  1. Recommended – contains results that are recommended by your Office 365 admin based on the word or phrase you entered in your search query. If there are no recommendations available, this section will not show up.

  2. Sites – contains sites based on the word or phrase you entered in your search query. These results may include team sites, Office 365 Groups, Office 365 Video channels, blogs, and other types of sites.

  3. Files – contains files based on the word or phrase in your search query. These results may include Office documents, document folders, web pages, lists, and list items.

  4. People – contains a list of people based on the name you entered in your search query.

Only the top 5 search results for each section are displayed. To see all search results for a specific section, click See all.

SharePoint Home Search Results Details

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