New Modern Web Parts – Full List

New Modern pages

In Office 365, you may notice that there are more new things rolling out right now.  This post is all about the new page editing experience and new web parts.  Here’s what I’ll cover:

  • How to use the new page editing interface
  • How to use each of the new web parts
  • How to set your new page as the homepage of your site.

First of all, here’s how to get there.

Go to Site Contents, and click the +New button.  Choose Page.



That’s pretty easy, right? Now here’s the new page authoring experience!  As of now, all web parts are simply added above or below each other, and they stack vertically.

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Give your page a name, and you can start adding some web parts using the intuitive little + button.  Once you start adding web parts, they will all have a little delete icon on the left, and some of them will have an edit icon, which opens up a web part toolpane on the right.  Not all web parts have properties to edit, though.  Also, notice that you can save your changes (as a draft), and you can also click the Publish button at the top right when you’re all done.  The bottom of this post shows how to set this page as your site homepage.  You can edit the web part titles directly on the page, for the ones that have titles.

Here’s the list of all the web parts, as of right now.


Type free-form text here, do some simple formatting, and even choose styles like Heading 1, 2, 3.



This is SO much better than the old image web part ever was! Check it out, as soon as I decide to add an image, it prompts me to select an image from Recent, Site (this site), or Upload.  Whatever size your image is though, that’s the size it will show on the page.  There’s no re-sizing it later.  I can type a caption under it, and in the web part property toolpane, the only option is to add some alt text.




Inserting a document web part will immediately bring up a list of recent documents (Office files), with the ability to switch to Site, to browse the site’s libraries, or Upload.  There is a space underneath the document to add a description, and in the web part toolpane on the right, it lets you pick the page number or slide number that you want it to start on.  It currently only supports doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx.


Office 365 Video

Embed a video from your organization’s Office 365 Video portal.  It doesn’t have an easy video picker like for the documents and images, but it does give you a hyperlink in the web part properties to Go to your organization’s video portal.  Then, go to your portal, click on the video you want, and then grab the URL of it from the address bar in the browser.  Paste that in the Video address box.  In my classes, students can go in here and watch the recording of their training any time for 30 days after they take the class.  So, this web part is useful for quickly displaying everything they need on one page, so that they don’t have to separately navigate to the portal.  The only setting in the properties is Show title and video info.  Notice in this screenshot where it shows on the video, the text “SharePoint Power Users Day 1”, and all of the data under that.  You can also type a caption under the video in the web part.


Content Embed

Use an embed code to display content here.  A common example is embedding a YouTube video on your page.  When you click the Share button in YouTube, one of the options is embed code.  Simply copy and paste that code into this web part’s properties.  Pretty much any site/service that provides an embed code, will be able to be used here.  Only iframe embed codes are supported, and only from secure websites (HTTPS).  Here are some supported sources: Esri ArcGIS Online, GeoGebra, Giphy, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Maps, Infogram, Microsoft Channel 9, Microsoft, Microsoft Office Mix, Microsoft OneDrive (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF documents), Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Pulse, Microsoft Sway, Mixcloud, Poll Everywhere, Sketchfab, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Vine, YouTube


Highlighted Content

This is my favorite one as of now (10/15/2016).  This is like the Content Search web part, but MUCH easier!  There are a lot of options to configure in the toolpane on the right when you edit the web part.  Keep in mind that this uses SharePoint search, so users will inherently only see content that they have permissions to see.  Here’s the breakdown:


  • Source: The scope of where you want to show content from.  This site, this site collection, or all sites.  Default = This site
  • Type: Documents, Pages, Videos, Images, Events, Issues, Tasks, Links, Contacts, All.  Default = Documents
    • You can also click Add Content Type, to add another type, so you’re not stuck with just one.  From what I can tell, you can add a bunch of them.
  • Document Type: If you choose Document in the Type box, you can further narrow it down to a specific type of file.  The other content types don’t have this second option.  The choices are: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Visio, PDF, or Any.  You can add multiple document types.  Default = Any

Filter and Sort

  • Filter: You can add multiple filters.  Here they are:
    • Title includes the words – There is another box to enter the search words.
    • Content includes the words – There is another box to enter the search words.
    • Recently added – Since: choose from Today, Yesterday, Earlier this week, Earlier this month, Last month, Earlier this year, Last year
    • Recently changed – Since: choose from Today, Yesterday, Earlier this week, Earlier this month, Last month, Earlier this year, Last year
    • Created by – Type someone’s name, or use [Me], if you’d like the logged in user to just see their own stuff.
    • Modified By – Type someone’s name, or use [Me], if you’d like the logged in user to just see their own stuff.
    • Managed Property – The managed properties are the default site columns and other built in properties.
      Since the Managed Property Name field has so many options in the drop-down, you can use the Find a managed property box, to type what you’re looking for.  In this screenshot, see that I typed “assigned” and that made it easier to find the AssignedTo field.
  • Sort By: Choose from: Most recent, Most viewed, Trending, Managed property ascending, Managed property descending. Default = Most recent
    • If you choose Managed property ascending (or descending), then you’ll have another drop-down to pick which managed property you want to sort by.

Notice in this screenshot, this is a highlighted content web part showing only items that I have tagged with “power” (for things pertaining to power users).  Hint:  I always like to turn on the enterprise keywords feature on libraries, for quick and informal tagging).



Display the content as cards (those rectangles) or just as a good old list.

Show this many items at a time

Type the number of items you’d like to see in this web part.  There is no paging.

Hide this web part if there’s nothing to show

If there’s no content in your web part, the title won’t even show.  For example, if you’re rolling up all events, and you have no events, the web part won’t appear until some events exist and have been indexed.

And finally the web part title…

It defaults to the name of the sort level that you select, plus the type of content.  You can just type something else instead.  For example, in the screenshot above, it says “Trending documents”, but I can just edit that text directly on the page.

Quick Links

Quick links are not just the old fashioned hyperlinks that you’re used to, where you have to go find the URL and all that.  This new web part is much more intuitive.  When you add quick links to the page and click the Add button, you are immediately prompted with a list of recent files and pages you’ve been working on.  You do also have the option of pasting a link in the box on the right.  When you click to select an item, you are prompted to type the text for the hyperlink.  After you add it, though, you don’t have any control of whether it shows as a tile or a card.  They all pretty much just show as cards.  If you put a link to a library, it shows as a giant folder, etc.  You can edit the web part title directly on the page.  In this first screenshot, I’m adding the first link. The second screenshot shows that I’ve added a link to a library, and a link to a document.


Site Activity

There are no settings for this web part.  It shows the files that have been worked on recently on your site.

Yammer Feed

For the Yammer feed, in the properties, simply paste in the URL of a Yammer group, person, topic, or home.  You can choose to display it as small, medium, or large.


Ready to make the big transition, and set this new page as your site’s homepage.  Go to Site Contents, click on your Site Pages library, select the new page you created, click the ellipsis in the toolbar, and choose Make Homepage.  There are two things that have to be in place, that you may want to double check first:

  1. Your Site Pages library needs to be set to the new list experience (in library settings –>advanced settings)
  2. Your new home page has to be Published. (see the Publish button in the screenshot in the “Documents” section above)



Update: 11/5/2016:

News Headlines

This is what the news headlines web part looks like when you first insert it on a page.


When you click the Add news button, it’s a little confusing because it puts you on a brand new, empty page, but that page has the same name as your homepage.  Feed free to change the page title, though, add some web parts like text, images, or anything at all.  Then, click Publish at the top right.  This creates a new page in your pages library, which automatically rolls up in your news headlines web part.  Here, you can see that I added one page about Microsoft Teams, and it is now displayed in the web part. There are no extra web part settings.  Also I did add one image on the new page I created, but it looks like I really should have used a square image, so that it would look a little nicer in here.  As I add pages, it fills them in all four boxes of the web part. More details from Microsoft.


News List

The news list is the same concept as the news headlines, except that the news list shows the news articles in a list down the page, instead of with one on the left and three on the right.  I added a new article about our Workflows & Forms class, and you can see that it is showing at the top of the list of 4 things:



Coming soon…

Power BI web part


Watch my SharePoint Power Hour LIVE on 10/19, to see this demo…


Here’s a demo from Microsoft as well: Updates to the SharePoint app, team sites and publishing experience


  • I am amazed about .pageHeader size (height) – a lot of wasted space:(


  • Thanks for the tutorial! Have been so excited for this. I’m sure it will only improve with time and iterations. Quick question… if we want to convert our existing site home pages over to this new responsive style, what’s the best way to do that? Create a new page and then use Sharepoint Designer to set it as the site homepage? Thanks!


  • Please please please…can you tell me if you ever solved the issue that came up in your SharePoint Power Hour session 23 with getting the “new item” in a child web part to automatically include the id of the parent web part. I’ve been searching forever online and no one gives the full solution. I do have SharePoint designer and not afraid of poking around over there. I am an “accidental” programmer. 😉


  • I was writing some documentation on this just yesterday. On the MS Demo New Page Experience video there are a couple of other possibles show (beta)…eg Events, Image Gallery


  • i like – how can i filtered “assignedto” to the current user? In views you can use [me] and in the modern way?


  • Ok, have see. [Me] was right, when he works with assigendto, like modified by 🙂


  • Angelica Silveira

    great information.


  • Angelica Silveira

    Hi Laura, Do the new webparts allow you to show promoted links libraries that were created on a totally different subsite?


    • No, the only (out of box) way to show promoted links from another site, or anything from another site, is to use the content search web part. But then it wouldn’t look like a promoted link.


  • So, if I still need to show a particular view of a portion of files in a document library, based on it’s metadata/filtering, how do I do that using the new UI? (i.e. the way it used to be done: addition of a web part to the page for which you can choose a particular view and, if necessary, modify it just for its use on the page) or is that impossible with the new? If it is impossible, please help me make the paradigm shift and show me how to achieve the same goal…and to be able to convince my end user who still wants to see several views of several different list/libraries brought together on one page that is easy to view/use on his android or apple phone.


  • Is the Power BI web part available on the developer tenant? If so, how can we get access to it (I only see the default 11 as part of my tenant). When will your next video be posted in regards to the Power BI webpart – looking forward to it. Thank you very much!


  • Best article I’ve read on the changes. One question though, any easy way to change that awful gray graphic at the top of the pages? MS should really have documented these better, and its a little frustrating the Publishing Site wont get the changes until next year.


  • Incredible, don’t know why they didn’t just leave it blank.


  • I’m not seeing a Document Web Part as referenced above? Where is that and how do I make it available in the site collection?
    I’m trying to show a PowerPoint presentation in a webpart where the user can navigate through the slides in the web part. EverythingI tried cannot do it. HTML Web Part with embed code, Embed code right within a snippet, a Content Web Part… They show the first slide but the navigation bar at the bottom doesn’t have any info.

    Using SharePoint Online…Any ideas?



    • Are you looking at the modern page experience in your tenant, and did you create a page in the way instructed in this blog? These web parts only exist on the new type of page.


  • Great post and the Power Hour video was very helpful. I’

    Earlier this week, I set up a modern page with the Highlighted Content web part with the card layout. Worked perfectly. Went back to the page last night and nothing was displayed. When I change the layout to list or the new carousel layout the expected files display just fine. I created a new team and tried on the site there with the same result. Has anyone else seen this?


  • You mentioned that you cannot display specific lists and libraries on the new modern pages. Do you know if that is something they plan on rolling out? If not, do they expect you to continue to use the old Page types for that?


  • I know I’m late to this party, but the lack of a list view web part is really troubling.


  • Is it possible to get the new “modern pages” in an existing SharePoint Online site? When I go to a Site Pages Library and click new, the only options are still Wiki and Web Part pages. If I go to the main SharePoint Online home, I can create a new site that has this option.


  • How does one Unpublish a news page. It appears that I have to delete the page to remove it from my news list !


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