One of our customers recently asked us to disable SharePoint’s new experience for his Office 365, but only for a given set of sites. By default, this new experience is activated for the entire site collection.
- Did you know that the activation and disabling process of the new experience can be done directly from the SharePoint Admin Center? See Figure 1 below. Changing this setting from the Admin Center affects however every lists and libraries from all site collections.
Fig. 1: Screenshot of the New Experience activation/disabling option in the SharePoint Online Admin Center
- Should you wish o go back to the Classic Experience for the entire site collection, it can also be done by clicking on the option ”Return to classic SharePoint”. See Figure 2 below.
Fig. 2: Option to return to the Classic Experience
- You would like to apply your options to only a subset of your sites? No problem. This action can be done on a more granular level by managing it at the lists/librairies level. (See Figure 3)
- Go to the document Library, then to the list setup option
- Click on the link “Advanced Settings”
- Under the section “List experience”, choose the desired option among the offered choices:
Fig. 3: Setting up of a new experience at the list/library level.
- New Experience before/after view of the library
Disabling at the site collection level
- Be Administrator of the Office 365 tenant
- Have installed SharePoint Online Management Shell
- Open a Powershell console (SharePoint Online Management Shell)
- Paste the following code. The script below will enable you to disable the new experience for the site collection https://[tenant].sharepoint.com/sites/siteurl
There is also another way you can disable the new experience with Powershell. Just follow the instructions here provided by Microsoft: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Switch-the-default-experience-for-lists-or-document-libraries-from-new-or-classic-66dac24b-4177-4775-bf50-3d267318caa9?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US
Disabling of the new experience
If you have previously apply:
- the classic experience at the list/data library level, or
- the new experience at the administration console level of SharePoint online; and
- if you launch the script to activate the new experience, the new experience will not be reactivated for this list/library. You will need to activate the new experience again at the list/ library settings level.
Going back to the SharePoint Standard view
Every time you click on the option Return to SharePoint Standard view yo go back to the classic experience, a cookie will be generated to safeguard this information: splnu
To quickly return to the new experience, simply delete the cookie!