Differences between the new and classic experiences for lists and libraries

Applies to: SharePoint Online, Office 365 First Release programme, SharePoint Online admin centre.

The new document library and list experience in SharePoint Online is quicker, appears better in mobile browsers, and is more user-friendly. With the new experience, you can:

  • Design new folders and upload folders exactly as you do in OneDrive, using the command bar rather than the ribbon. You can also quickly copy and move files using the command bar.
  • Pin documents to the top to highlight them.
  • Attach files as links instead of copying them between sites.
  • Easily insert, reorder, resize, sort, filter, and group columns, and create custom views.
  • Rapidly change file info, and easily access previews and additional details.
  • Apply rich location data from Bing Maps or your organisation directory.

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

Notes: 

  • The new list and document library experiences are not available for users of Internet Explorer 10 or earlier.

Features available only in the classic experience

The ribbon toolbars

  • The classic ribbon is replaced by a command bar in the modern experience.
  • Certain features are only available through the classic 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

Some view features

  • Item totals
  • Custom styles (such as Basic Table or Document Details)
  • Multiple web parts on list view pages
  • Features that configure different view availability depending on the folder

A few navigation features

  • Tree view
  • Per-location views
  • Customised navigation links on publishing sites

A few column types

  • External data columns
  • Geolocation columns
  • Publishing columns (Publishing HTML, Publishing Image, Publishing Hyperlink)

Some types of customisations

  • List templates other than Document Library, Custom List, Announcements List, Links List, Picture Library, Asset Library, Promoted Links, Form Library, Wiki Page Library, Asset Library, Promoted Links and Wiki Page Library.

Note: The modern experience for the Issue Tracking List, Contacts List, and Custom List in Datasheet View are being introduced gradually to organisations that have opted in to the Targeted Release programme. This means that you may still see lists with those templates in the classic experience.

  • Customise in InfoPath
  • Minimal Download Strategy (MDS)
  • SharePoint Server Publishing
  • JSLink code on fields or views
  • Customisation of list views through the XSL link property of the XsltListViewWebPart
  • CustomActions that include ScriptBlock or ScriptSrc propertiesCustomActions that do not include ScriptBlock or ScriptSrc properties will continue to work as expected.

A few other features

  • Content organiser
  • Follow
  • 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

Customisations

  • List templates other than Document Library, Custom List, Announcements List, Links List, Picture Library, Asset Library, Promoted Links, Form Library and Wiki Page Library

Note: The modern experience for the Asset Library, Promoted Links, Form Library and Wiki Page Library are being introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the Targeted Release programme. This means that you may still see lists with those templates in the classic experience.

  • 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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