In an effort to help you retain the many customizations you have made to the appearance and content structure of your site when you upgrade to SharePoint 2013, they have made it so that are a number of new features or changes that are default in 2013 that will not appear in your upgraded site. However, you can make some simple changes to have your upgraded site look like a fresh site and get access to all of the new features and updated functionality of SharePoint 2013.
In a recent post on the Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog, SharePoint Program Manager, Bojana Duke, gives step-by-step instructions on how to make these changes. Here, I’ll just give you the highlights of what actions you can take to make your upgraded site more closely aligned with the look and feel of SharePoint 2013:
- Gain access to the new master page with clean and simple design and the new visual styles used to format text in your site
- Upload a larger Site Logo to fill the enlarged space that is available
- Minimize the Ribbon so that you can focus on your content
- Enable the new global navigation bar which will appear on every page of every site to help people find their way around
- Replace the “Site Actions” menu with the new “Settings” menu represented by a gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen
- Access the expanded and relocated “Quick Actions” menu
- Add the new “Edit Links” command so that you can enter a quick editing mode for making changes to the site navigation
- Replace your “Getting Started” links with tiles
- Create a Site Notebook leveraging Microsoft OneNote
- Access the Site Newsfeed that gives users an “at-a-glance” update on what is going on across the organization or on their specific projects
- Switch your List and Library forms so that they open in a full page, instead of in a dialog box
- Update the default permission level for all users to “Edit”
- Simplify your permissions so that you can easily share with “Everyone” or “Everyone excluding external users”
- Turn on Minimal Download Strategy (MDS) which helps pages to perform faster and more smoothly by downloading only content that has changed as you move from page to page
To learn how to take all of these actions so that you can use these features and functions on your upgraded site, reference the original post on the Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog.
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