Switch the default experience for lists or document libraries from new or classic

Switch the default experience for lists or document libraries from new or classic

You may notice a change in the look and navigation of your document libraries and lists. This new experience is faster, has additional phone and tablet features, and simpler navigation. As a document library or list owner or site owner, you may want to switch the default experience back to the previous (classic experience) for a time. Keep in mind that users can change the experience in specific libraries or sites back to new if they choose.

Note: The steps below change the default experience for everyone. To use the classic experience just for yourself, select Return to classic SharePoint in the bottom, left corner of the page. To exit, select Exit classic experience.

Change the experience for a list or document library

  1. In your list or document library, choose Settings Settings icon and then List settings or Library settings.

    Go to Settings, Library Settings

    If you don't see Settings Settings icon , choose the Library or List tab to open the ribbon, and then click Library Settings or List Settings on the ribbon.

    List Settings on ribbon
  2. Click Advanced settings and then scroll down to List experience.

    List and Library setting

  3. Choose one of the following:

    • Default experience set by my administrator

    • New experience

      The modern experience will be used with a few exceptions.

    • Classic experience

Change the experience for all lists and libraries on a site

You can activate the site collection feature SharePoint Lists and Libraries experience to set the classic experience as the default for an entire site. Read how to enable or disable site collection features for more information.

When both the site collection feature is active and the List expereince for a list or libary is set to New experience, the new experience will be used.

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