Customize Header, Footer, and Navigation in SharePoint Online Communication Site

This SharePoint Online tutorial, we will discuss, how to modify the Header, Footer and Navigation in SharePoint Online modern communication site without using any custom code.

In earlier versions of SharePoint communication sites, when we needed any branding modification in the header, footer, or navigation, we used to go to the SharePoint Framework Extension, named Application Customizer, to apply the custom branding code functionality.

In Application Customizer, a lot of manual efforts were needed for applying the basic changes in the header, footer, and navigation like changing the font color, background, text alignment, etc.

Currently, Microsoft introduced some new features in the communication site for making the changes in the look and feel of the header, footer, and navigation. Now, the users have no need to add custom code. Thus, the manual efforts for branding on the header, footer, and navigation are reduced.

Now, we can quickly and easily customize the look of our SharePoint communication site.

Let us explore the process step by step.

Customize Header in SharePoint Online Communication Site

Now, we will see how to customize the site header and apply branding into a SharePoint communication site.

  • Navigate to your SharePoint online Communication site ->Open Site
  • Change the look settings are located under Settings  in the top right corner of your SharePoint site
  • Select the “Header” link
  • Follow the numerical point as shown in the below screenshot.
Customize SharePoint Online Communication Site
  • Select either the Standard header layout or the Compact option which moves all header content to a single line.
  • Click Change to add a site logo.
  • Select a header background to change the background color of your site header.
  • Click Apply to save your changes.
  • Follow the numerical point as shown in below screenshot.
Customize Header in SharePoint Online Communication Site

Customize Footer in SharePoint Online Communication Site

Add the footer in the site and customize the site footer for applying the branding in the SharePoint Online communication site.

  • Navigate to your SharePoint online Communication site ->Open Site
  • Change the look settings are located under Settings in the top right corner of your SharePoint site
  • Select the “footer” link
  • Follow the numerical point as shown in the below screenshot.
Customize footer SharePoint Online Communication Site
  • Toggle the Footer visibility switch to On to add a footer to your site.
  • Click Upload to add your logo image to the footer. The image is automatically resized.
  • To add a name for your footer, toggle the switch to On and enter the name.
  • Click Save to save your changes.
  • Follow the numerical point as shown in below screenshot.
how to Customize footer SharePoint Online Communication Site

Customize Navigation in SharePoint Online Communication Site

Customize the site and change your navigation style/branding.

  • Navigate to your SharePoint online Communication site ->Open Site
  • Change the look — settings are located under Settings in the top right corner of your SharePoint site
  • Select the “Navigation” link
  • Follow the numerical point as shown in the below screenshot.
Customize navigation SharePoint Online Communication Site
  • Select one of the following options: Megamenu / Cascading
  • Click Save to save your changes.
  • Follow the numerical point as shown in the below screenshot.

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