At Ignite 2017, we declared the following flood of development coming to SharePoint pages to give quicker time to creation, improved control of content and pictures, expanded advancement alternatives, remarking and likes, and perceivability on how your substance is getting along. You are responsible for your message. Make it and get it out there to bring issues to light and engagement all through your organization.
We’re pleased to share that the below features and updates are rolling out to Targeted Release Office 365 customers. Expect them to appear within the coming days and weeks. And soon, beyond Targeted Release, they release to the full production environment. You can track release progress on the public Office 365 Roadmap; note this link is filtered on “SharePoint” items.
Let’s dive into the details.
Start from existing page
Don’t start from blank! If you have a series of pages you’ve created with a similar layout and design, you can now go to an existing page and use it as a quick start to create a whole new page – but with a head start. From an existing page, click New and then select Start with a copy of this page. The service will create the new page, and you simply jump into updating with new text, images and content updates, with layout, design and common text already in place. And per user feedback, pages (and news) have an improved canvas experience when adding and managing multi-column sections – it is more discoverable where and how you add a new section or web part – with less overlap of “+” buttons.
Make your text appear more like you like – rich text editing (RTE) updates
A standout amongst the most imperative parts of any powerful page or news article is the content. Furthermore, setting the correct setting close by the sight and sound perspectives you pull in. We’ve heard you boisterous and clear that you need to have a more prominent arrangement of alternatives to influence your message to emerge. Wish conceded!
When you include a Text web part, the installed rich content tool now gives you more noteworthy control for how your content shows up. From the inline basic charge bar, you can modify measure, strong, underline and separating. Also, the genuine, new, enchantment of the Text web part lies behind the ovals on the correct side of the straightforward summon bar. Tapping the ovals opens a more extensive arrangement of decisions – demonstrating all alternatives in the alter sheet, similar to text style, hues and features, indent, strikethrough, and the capacity to make and oversee tables. You, as well, can include a connection – which now has a page picker experience to include existing SharePoint content rapidly.
Learn more about adding text to your page with the Text web part.
Image web part now allows editing and photos from Bing
You can easily add an image to a SharePoint page or news article, and now when you do, you can further edit (crop/zoom) it inline to fit the needs of your page/news and layout. You can pull in an image from online (powered by Bing) that are tagged as Creative Common license to enhance your pages and news. Once your images are on the page, you can edit them in line with simple gestures like adjusting the ratio and cropping.
Learn more about using the Image web part.
Further promote your pages and news
Beyond your core team, it’s important to then amplify and spread the word proactively about your important content. This is now a one-click action. From an existing page, click the Promote button and choose how you want to increase the reach and impact of your message. You can add a page (or news article) to the site navigation. Or post a page as news to have it automatically flow into the site’s home page, the SharePoint home news section and the SharePoint mobile app News tab. You can kick start an email to a person or group with a preview of the page and an optional message to your selected recipients. Or simply grab a link to the page. Note, the Post as News on this site button may be grayed out if the page you are wanting to promote is already a news article. Also, the first time you publish your page, you’ll be prompted to help others find your page with the same promotion pane.
Learn more about adding a page to a site and promoting it.
Page usage Likes, Views, Comments
Once your information is out there, you want to know how it’s doing. Like the Site usage page – which gives site owners a view on how their users are interacting within the site, we introduce a similar view on information at the individual page and news article level.
At the bottom of each SharePoint page or news article you’ll see a row of information that tells you how many people have liked your content, how many left comments and total number of views. When you hover over the liked section, you’ll see a list of colleagues who like your ideas. And when you click on comments (and you left commenting on), you’ll jump right into the section at the bottom of the page to read feedback and engage with your audience. It, too, is now possible to click the like icon on an individual comment.
We are always open to feedback via UserVoice and continued dialog in the SharePoint community within the Microsoft Tech Community —and we always have an eye on tweets to @SharePoint. Let us know.
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