Feb 26 2021 12:29 AM - edited Apr 05 2021 12:52 AM
Feb 26 2021 12:29 AM - edited Apr 05 2021 12:52 AM
Microsoft is introducing a SharePoint app bar in SharePoint online that will feature global navigation in your SharePoint modern communication and team sites.
The SharePoint app bar brings a consistent navigation experience to every site on your intranet, featuring quick access to important sites across the organization with global navigation, personally relevant sites, news feed and the files.
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Link to article: Introducing a SharePoint app bar that features global navigation
Mar 24 2021 01:49 AM
Mar 24 2021 09:21 AM
@Clint Lechner I cannot speak for others, but my comments, however one chooses to view them, have less to do with the introduction and advancement of "features" and more to do with Microsoft's inability to recognize their one-size fits all approach is flawed. I'm not arguing that the introduction, existence and use of this nav bar is pointless for one, some or many. My concerns run much deeper than this.
I struggle to understand/comprehend how or why any entity providing a service to its customer base considers it an acceptable practice to introduce something NEW in an "on" or "active" state and, feature depending, provide no, one or multiple ways of de-activating it, temporarily or permanently, for those who deem it unneeded, unnecessary or those who may want/need a little more time to understand and/or determine its relevancy and how its integration into their portfolio will affect other aspects of the environment (I.e., customizations). It's as if engineers at Microsoft have a dartboard "of choices" in which to offer the subscriber - and we are forced to accept whatever the outcome is. I've stated in many other posts, if you can dream up a way to make it happen, consideration must be given to make it not happen.
Additionally, this mention of "temporary" causes me further concern -- what is coming our way (in October) that we should prepare ourselves for? What will Microsoft wow us with then? I'm sure we'll find out a week or two out. I've marked this in my calendar (because I hate surprises).
For those environments with dedicated resources directed at monitoring, reviewing and vetting any/all Microsoft service introductions, changes, etc., this may be "no big deal", we'll just inject some custom code into the platform to hide, disable, etc. Let's not forget this fluffy Microsoft cloud was originally crafted for those little companies needing the same technology (functions) as the big companies...security, storage, email, chat, etc., and yet all Microsoft seems to focus on now is the larger entities wanting boundless and endless navigation, sharing and collaboration -- and the fluff that goes along with it...most of which is USELESS and UNNECESSARY for the many small, single facility, departments of "one" (IT, HR, etc.), companies that exist today.
Lastly, all one has to do is pay a visit to the many UserVoice sites that Microsoft identifies for each of their services and it's clear their emphasis is placed upon annoying little "features" (nav bar) instead of critical "functions" (PDF integration).
Mar 29 2021 12:07 AM
@nlundqvist If you are a Home site administrator, it should work for you & show the global navigation properly.
Is it still asking for permissions or your issue solved?
Mar 29 2021 02:28 AM
Mar 29 2021 12:10 PM
@lance-aughey AFAIK Global navigation is dependant on the existence of a Home Site. if you dont designate any site as Home Site the Global Navigation bar doesnt show up. If anyone knows different, please let us know.
Mar 29 2021 12:15 PM
Mar 29 2021 12:39 PM - edited Mar 29 2021 12:41 PM
@Hasse Edqvist No home site designated here and it showed up. I assume it will appear for everyone, and if there's no home site you get the awful SP home page mess instead.
Mar 29 2021 12:50 PM - edited Mar 29 2021 12:50 PM
@lance-augheyMsft always does what they think is "best" regardless of user opinions. If they understood anything about basic ux, they'd know that something as visually obtrusive as this app bar, HAS to come with an "off" switch.
Mar 31 2021 11:56 AM
@Hasse Edqvist I have made a Home site and there is a Home icon now on the Mobile SP app as well so I know it is all working as expected - however...no Global Navigation in the Settings, only the Hub Site Navigation. I have searched for weeks on this topic and can't see why the option does not exist when the Home site was clearly created successfully, it's not an associated Hub site the Hub site is the Home site, so everything was done accordingly.
Mar 31 2021 11:25 PM
Mar 31 2021 11:48 PM
Apr 05 2021 01:20 AM
Global navigation (Home) tab will be shown by default when you see app bar on your SharePoint sites. By default it redirects users to the SharePoint start page.
To enable & customize global navigation, you must set up a home site in SharePoint Online.
You can find more information about how to enable & customize global navigation in SharePoint at: Enable and Customize Global navigation in the SharePoint app bar
Apr 06 2021 01:43 AM
Apr 08 2021 12:04 AM
Apr 09 2021 08:45 AM
Apr 09 2021 11:09 AM
Apr 12 2021 09:48 AM
Looks like Microsoft delayed the rollout of SharePoint app bar and global navigation to make some additional changes before standard rollout. Note from Microsoft: