Meet the focus mode for modern SharePoint pages

Focus mode is a popular feature in classic SharePoint pages that is not available in modern pages, but this is about to change with the introduction of the modern focus mode.

In the next months you will get a new expand icon in your SharePoint pages that clean the field of vision and get more space for the content in the page.

SharePoint modern pages focus mode

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How to create a SharePoint home site

A SharePoint home site is the principal site on your modern SharePoint intranet grouping together news, events, a global navigation, and global search.

A home site is created from a modern communication site and despite being exclusively modern you will not find any interface in SharePoint to create it, the process must be done using PowerShell as explained below.

SharePoint Home site

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How to build a weather web part for SharePoint using a list view formatting

Modern SharePoint has a built-in weather web part but unfortunately it does not allow customizations displaying just the weather in black and white.

I was looking for a solution with a bit more color and similar with the weather tile from Windows, so I decided to build my own using a custom SharePoint list, a custom view formatting, Power Automate and the out of the box lists web part.

SharePoint weather web part

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How to use Microsoft Viva Topics in SharePoint

Microsoft Viva Topics is like an encyclopedia with super powers that aims to give time back to employees by showing them the content that matters without the need of a custom search.

Topics is the only component from the new Microsoft EXP suite of products that is already available to be used and despite requiring an extra license it can be tested as a trail for 30 days.

Microsoft Viva Topics in SharePoint

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How to disable SharePoint Spaces creation by default

SharePoint Spaces is available for some time in preview and soon will become available globally in the tenant to all users with permissions to create content.

The option will become available in the +New menu by default but can be disabled globally or per site collection by an admin using SharePoint Online Management Shell.

Disable SharePoint Spaces

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How to filter SharePoint lists dynamically

SharePoint List web part available in modern SharePoint pages is provided with a filtering option that allows you to dynamically filter the data from one list using data stored in another list.

In this article I will show you how you can take advantage of this feature with, explaining all the steps using a predefined scenario to filter the company offices based on their location.

Filter SharePoint Lists dynamically

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Hide the navigation and the header in modern SharePoint pages

Displaying a modern SharePoint page without the navigation and the header have generated all sort of hacks over the years that try to replicate the famous ?isDlg=1 and the focus mode from classic SharePoint by manipulating the DOM and injecting custom css.

I’ve recently discovered the query string that can be used with modern SharePoint site URLs to strip the pages from all its elements living it just with the content.

Focus on SharePoint content

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Get prepared for the modern search experience in classic SharePoint sites

Four years have passed since the introduction of modern SharePoint and the modern experience continues to take over the classic features, the last victim is the search.

Starting late January 2021 classic Team sites will gradually start receiving the modern search experience, meaning that the search bar will be moved to the suite navigation bar.

Modern search experience in classic sites

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How to embed a modern calendar to a SharePoint page

Modern SharePoint calendars have finally arrived bringing a new and refreshed interface to the classic SharePoint calendar lists.

If you do not know yet how to create a modern calendar in SharePoint, I recommend you have a look to this post where you will find detailed instructions and a video explaining the creation process.

Modern SharePoint calendar

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How to add Microsoft Clarity to classic SharePoint

Microsoft Clarity is the new tool that allows you to record sessions and access to heat maps of the user interaction with your site, helping you to find and fix the areas of the pages that are not working as expected.

After my last article about Microsoft Clarity where I explained how to add the toll to modern SharePoint, I received a few questions about how to do the same thing for classic SharePoint sites, the process is quite simple and, in this article, you can find a solution that will help you deploying Clarity to classic.

Combined with the previous solution you will get a global overview of all the SharePoint sites in your intranet.

Microsoft Clarity Classic SharePoint

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I've been working with Microsoft Technologies over the last ten years, mainly focused on creating collaboration and productivity solutions that drive the adoption of Microsoft Modern Workplace.