View, edit, and add page details

View, edit, and add page details

You can view and edit the properties of a page in the Page details pane. This article tells you how.


  • Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the Targeted release program. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.

  • The number of properties available to view and edit for a page can vary depending on which properties the item owner or your administrator has assigned to it. Some of these properties may be required.

View and edit page properties in the Page details pane

  • At the top of the page, click Gear shaped settings button Page details.

    Page details pane

  • You can change the thumbnail for the page by clicking the Change thumbnail button, and choosing an image:

    Select a recent image or get an image from a web search, your site, your computer, or a link. If your organization has specified a set of approved images, you'll be able to choose from that set under Your organization. 

    Image of file picker options.


    • Web search uses Bing images that utilize the Creative Common license. You are responsible for reviewing licensing for an image before you insert it on your page.

    • If you're a SharePoint Admin and want to learn how to create an asset library for Your organization, see Create an organization assets library.

  • You can add or edit the page description by typing in the space under Description. The thumbnail and description are used in places like search results and SharePoint news.

  • To edit a property, click the value of the property under the property name, type the new value, and then press Enter on your keyboard. To edit more than one property at a time, click Edit all, edit the properties you want to change, and then click Save.

To view additional information about a page (such as last modified date), click More details at the bottom of the pane.

Add properties in the Pages library

To add a property to a page, create a column for that property in the pages library. The column stores the property data (also called metadata), and, besides being able to see and change the column in the pages library, the property is then available in the Page details pane for each page.

  1. Go to the pages library by clicking Pages on the left navigation.

    If you don't see Pages on the left, click Settings Gear shaped settings button at the top right, then Site contents. In the Site contents page, click Site pages.

  2. Select Add column Add icon to the right of the last column name at the top of the list or library.

    Note: Does your SharePoint Online screen look different than the examples here? Your administrator may have classic experience set on the list or document library, or you're using an earlier version of SharePoint Server. If so, click the tab for the SharePoint Server 2016 version above. See Which version of SharePoint am I using?

  3. In the dropdown menu, choose the type of column you want.

    Add column menu
  4. In the new column dialog, type a title or column heading into the Name field.

    New column dialog box for entering title or heading
  5. Click Create.

Add more types of columns

  1. Go to the pages library by clicking Pages on the left navigation.

    If you don't see Pages on the left, click Settings Gear shaped settings button at the top right, then Site contents. In the Site contents page, click Site pages.

  2. In the All items or All documents view of the list or library you want to add a column, select Add column   Add column icon at the end of the heading row, and then select More ....

  3. In the Name and Type section, type the name that you want for the column in the Column name box.

    Creat column dialog

  4. Under The type of information in this column is, select the type of information that you want to appear in the column. For more on column types, see Site column types and options.

  5. In the Additional Column Settings section, type a description in the Description box to help people understand the purpose of the column and what data it should contain. This description is optional.

    Depending on the type of column that you selected, more options may appear in the Additional Column Settings section. Select the additional settings that you want. For more on column settings, see Site column types and options.

For more information and additional ways to add columns to libraries and lists, see Create a column in a SharePoint list or library.

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