M365 – SharePoint online – SharePoint app bar is now available on modern Communication and Team sites

SharePoint app bar - Home icon showing Global Navigation
SharePoint app bar - Home icon showing Global Navigation

Hi All,

Greetings for the day πŸ™‚ LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL πŸ™‚ I hope we all are safe πŸ™‚ Β STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY πŸ™‚

Today new feature πŸ™‚

SharePoint modern communication and team sites will soon feature the SharePoint app bar which provides quick access to customizable global navigation as well as other intranet resources.

What is SharePoint app bar :

  • The SharePoint app bar is way to find few details like personalized sites, news, files and SharePoint home page where user can access News, Frequent sites, Featured links, Followed sites, from where if user has permission can create sites, can create new news posts
  • SharePoint app bar appears at left side on the site as shown in below Fig
M35 - SharePoint Online - SharePoint app bar
Fig : M35 – SharePoint Online – SharePoint app bar – “SharePoint start page” is link to Home icon – when global navigation is not enabled
M35 - SharePoint Online - SharePoint app bar - "Global navigation" is link to Home icon - when communication site is set as Home site
Fig : M35 – SharePoint Online – SharePoint app bar – “Global navigation” is link to Home icon – when global navigation is enabled – https://knowledge-junction.com/2021/03/05/m365-sharepoint-online-enabling-global-navigation/
  • SharePoint app bar appears on every page basically on site. So that user can easily navigate to important content and resources from any where in the SharePoint as shown in above Fig
  • Currently there are following 4 features / tabs available in SharePoint app bar
    • Global Navigation / SharePoint start page => If Global navigation is disabled or not configured, the home icon links to SharePoint start page. To enable global navigation respective communication site is need to set as Home site. We have separate article – M365 – SharePoint Online – Enabling Global Navigation
    • Personalized sites
    • News
    • Files
  • Specific tab can not be disabled in SharePoint app bar
  • Currently today SharePoint app bar is not visible on classic sites
  • Personalized content in the SharePoint app bar is enabled by Microsoft Graph
  • When Microsoft Graph is disabled, the news and sites experience will be degraded

This change is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70576

M365 - SharePoint Online - SharePoint app bar
Fig : M365 – SharePoint Online – SharePoint app bar – Roadmap ID 70576


  1. Targeted release (organization): early March through mid-March
  2. Targeted release (special user): early March through mid-March 
  3. Standard release: mid-March through mid-April

We may need to update our organization documentation for all users or need to have training for the users so that they wont surprise with the change πŸ™‚


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Prasham Sabadra

LIFE IS VERY BEAUTIFUL :) ENJOY THE WHOLE JOURNEY :) Founder of Knowledge Junction and live-beautiful-life.com, Author, Learner, Passionate Techie, avid reader. Certified Professional Workshop Facilitator / Public Speaker. Scrum Foundation Professional certificated. Motivational, Behavioral , Technical speaker. Speaks in various events including SharePoint Saturdays, Boot camps, Collages / Schools, local chapter. Can reach me for Microsoft 365, Azure, DevOps, SharePoint, Teams, Power Platform, JavaScript.

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