SharePoint Site Look and File

This SharePoint tutorial explains, how to change the site collection look and feel in SharePoint Online or SharePoint 2013/2016.

Microsoft provides a few out of box themes that we can use to change the look and feel of a SharePoint site.

SharePoint Look and Feel

Let us see, how to change the look and feel of a modern SharePoint site.

To change the look of your SharePoint modern site follow the below steps:

  • In the top right corner of your SharePoint modern site, Select the setting gear Icon.
  • Under Settings, click on the change the look option.
sharepoint modern page background image
SharePoint modern page background image

On the SharePoint modern page, Under Change the look option there are four sub-options available they are,

  1. Theme -> We can use theme option to change the colors of the Sharepoint modern page site.
  2. Header -> To customize your SharePoint site header in sharepoint modern page.
  3. Navigation -> To change your navigation in sharepoint modern page.
  4. Footer -> To add a sharepoint modern page site footer.
sharepoint modern site background image
SharePoint modern site background image

Use a theme to change colors of SharePoint modern site

To change the colors of your SharePoint modern site, follow the below steps:

  • On your SharePoint modern page site, click settings -> Change the look -> Theme.
  • Select the theme you want, click Save to apply it to your SharePoint site or, if you don’t like what you see and want to revert back to what you had in the beginning, click Cancel instead.
how to add theme in sharepoint modern page
how to add theme in SharePoint modern page

Customize your SharePoint modern page site header

To customize your SharePoint modern page site header, follow the below steps:

  • On your SharePoint modern page site, click settings -> Change the look -> Header. Under Header option there are three sub-options available they are,
  1. Layout
  2. Background
  3. Display
sharepoint modern page background image example
SharePoint modern page background image example

Layout section in SharePoint site header

  • Choose a layout.Compact layout is the default for all the SharePoint modern sites.
  • There are four different layout options available in SharePoint modern page site header, such that,
  1. Minimal layout
  2. Compact layout
  3. Standard layout
  4. Extended layout
Layout section in SharePoint site header
Layout section in the SharePoint site header

Minimal Layout SharePoint modern page site header

The minimal layout reduces height with all the content in a single line including a small site logo, site title, site navigation, and site actions and labels on the SharePoint modern page site header.

Minimal Layout in SharePoint site header
Minimal Layout in the SharePoint site header

Compact layout SharePoint modern page site header

The compact layout is the default layout for SharePoint modern sites. It keeps the contents on a single line with a larger height layout that uses the full-size of the SharePoint site logo.

Compact Layout in SharePoint site header
Compact Layout in the SharePoint site header

Standard layout SharePoint modern page site header

The standard layout is the layout with the full-size site logo and keeps the contents split into two lines.

Standard Layout in SharePoint site header
Standard Layout in the SharePoint site header

Extended layout SharePoint modern page site header

The extended layout is the largest layout and keeps the contents split into two content areas with a site logo, site title, and also has an optional background image option.

Extended Layout in SharePoint site header
Extended Layout in the SharePoint site header

Background section in SharePoint site header

In the Background section, select a theme color to change the background color of your site header. Select Extended header to add the background image and we can select the focal point for the image

Background Section in SharePoint site header
Background Section in the SharePoint site header

Display section in SharePoint site header

In the Display section,

  1. you can select the Toggle to set the visibility of your Sharepoint modern page site title.
  2. Select Change option to add a site logo thumbnail for your SharePoint modern page site.
  3. Select Change to add a site logo.
  4. If using Extended layout, select Site logo alignment.

Click on the Save button to commit your changes.

Display Section in SharePoint site header
Display Section in the SharePoint site header

Change your navigation style on a SharePoint modern page

To change your navigation style on the SharePoint modern page site, follow the below steps:

  • On your SharePoint modern page site, click settings -> Change the look -> Navigation.
  • Select the site navigation visibility toggle control.If the site navigation visibility toggle control is enable youu can able to see the Navigation in your SharePoint site, else it doesn’t appear.
  • Select Menu style option as either Mega menu or Cascading
Navigation in SharePoint site header
Navigation in the SharePoint site header
  • Click Save to apply it to your SharePoint site or, if you don’t like what you see and want to revert back to what you had in the beginning, click Cancel instead.

To add a SharePoint modern page site footer, follow the below steps:

  • On your SharePoint modern page site, click settings -> Change the look -> Footer.
  • To add a footer to your SharePoint modern page site enable the Toggle the Footer visibility switch to On.
  • Choose a Layout either as a simple layout which displays one level of links and labels or an Extended layout which displays two level of links and labels.
  • Select Upload to add your logo image to the footer and the image will be automatically resized.
Footer in SharePoint site header
Footer in the SharePoint site header
  •  Enter a Display name to add a name for your SharePoint modern page site footer.
  • Select a background color.
  • click Save to apply it to your SharePoint site or, if you don’t like what you see and want to revert back to what you had in the beginning, click Cancel instead.

This is how we can add a background image on the SharePoint modern page.

Change look and feel of SharePoint site (Classic site)

Step 1: Log in to your SharePoint site -> Go to the Settings gear icon on the right side of the page -> Click on Site settings.

Change Look and Feel of SharePoint Site
Change Look and Feel of SharePoint Site

Step 2: Click on change the look under look and feel on the site settings page.

change look and feel of sharepoint site
change look and feel of sharepoint site

Step 3: Once you click on Change the look, you will redirect to the gallery section where you can find different types of out-of-box templates in SharePoint.

how to make a sharepoint site look like a website
how to make a sharepoint site look like a website

Step 4: Next if you want to keep any different template then click on the template to check the look and feel of that template. You can try it out here to check the compatibility of your current site collection.

How to Change Look and Feel of SharePoint Site
SharePoint out of box themes

Step 5: If you want to continue with this design then set this as default so that you can able to see the new design in your site collection.

How to Change Look and Feel of SharePoint Site
How to Change Look and Feel of SharePoint Site

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This is all about changing the site collection look and feel using out-of-the-feature in SharePoint.

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