SharePoint 2013 Navigation

Quick Tips: SharePoint 2013 Navigation

January 22, 2014 by

As we see more and more users migrating to SharePoint 2013, I wanted to point out some of the SharePoint 2013 navigation changes these users might expect.

Below I have listed some of the forward facing changes that a one might encounter when upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. These are listed in snippet form and are meant to act as a quick reference for those looking to navigate around a new site.


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SharePoint 2013 Navigation

1. Site Actions

The Site Actions button has moved. It is now represented by a cog wheel and is now located on the left-hand side of the page.

sharepoint 2013 navigation changes site actions

The Navigate Up breadcrumb feature has been removed from the default SharePoint 2013 view.

The Site Actions menu has also changed. It has stripped away some features for a more consistent and streamlined experience.

sharepoint 2013 navigation changes site actions 2

Adding a list or library to a page has all moved to the Add an app option. The Add a site function has moved to the Site Contents area.

Site Permissions was always a part of Site Settings so the quick link has been removed. You can still set the site permissions by navigating to Site Settings. The option is under User and Permissions -> Site Permissions.

Alternatively, you can click Share on any page and invite users with Contribute permissions.

You can read more about site navigation in SharePoint 2013 here.


2. New Site

The New Site option is no longer available in the Site Actions menu. Here is add a new non-BrightWork site to a project.

To add a new subsite:

1. Click on the Site Actions Cogwheel and select Site Contents

sharepoint 2013 navigation changes site actions new site

2.  Scroll down the page and select new subsite (Highlighted)

sharepoint 2013 navigation changes site actions new subsite

3. Datasheet / Quick Edit View

SharePoint 2013 has removed the Datasheet view in favor of the new Quick Edit View. Quick Edit supports greater cross-browser compatibility, looks better and is easier to use than Datasheet view. Previously, to view something in DataSheet view a user would have to activate it in the ribbon. Now the list features an edit button that opens Quick Edit easily.

sharepoint 2013 navigation changes site actions quick edit view


A comparison of the old Datasheet view and the new Quick Edit:

DataSheet (SharePoint 2010)

sharepoint 2010 datasheet

Quick Edit (SharePoint 2013)

sharepoint 2013 quick edit view


Additional Information

Here is some additional information from Microsoft and various blogs with other details of what’s new to SharePoint 2013. These mostly cover features that you could consider implementing or deploying but are not necessary for BrightWork functionality.


Billy Guinan

Billy is a Demand Generation Manager at BrightWork, where he helps customers successfully manage their projects and portfolios using SharePoint.

Billy is a graduate of the Villanova School of Business and holds a Master’s degree from National University of Ireland, Galway. Outside of BrightWork, he enjoys reading, trying to golf, and walking his pug named Nova.
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