Difference between SharePoint classic and modern experiences in list and library

sharepoint new vs classic experience in list and libraries

This SharePoint tutorial explains, the major difference between SharePoint classic and modern experiences in list and library in SharePoint Online or SharePoint server 2019.

In 2016, Microsoft has newly introduced the new UI experience called “Modern experience” for lists and libraries in Office 365 SharePoint Online.


Differences between new and classic experiences for SharePoint lists and libraries

If you are new to SharePoint modern experience have a look at the below SharePoint Modern UI tutorials:

The SharePoint modern experience offers better user experience which is faster than classic experience, More responsive and displays better in a mobile device like tablet and desktop, etc.

The classic experience still exists in SharePoint, so a user can always capable of switching to modern to classic view and back to the modern view.

The organization will set the default experience of lists and libraries in site collection level or list settings level. You can find this article where the user can capable to switch the list and library experience.

In Modern experience, the user can able to easily edit items in a list in SharePoint Online/2019. In Modern experience user ability to select multiple documents and download them as a single .zip file.

Differences between the new and classic experiences for lists and libraries
Differences between the new and classic experiences for lists and libraries

In SharePoint modern experience, User easily to add reorder, resize, sort, filter, and group columns, and create custom views.

Differences between the new and classic experiences for sharepoint lists and libraries
Differences between the new and classic experiences for sharepoint lists and libraries

In Modern experience the user can able to create a Microsoft flow, PowerApps which is not there is the classic experience in SharePoint Online.

SharePoint Online new and classic experiences for lists and libraries
SharePoint Online new and classic experiences for lists and libraries

In Modern experience, User quickly changes the file information and easy access to previews and additional details.

sharepoint classic vs modern list and library
sharepoint classic vs modern list and library

In Modern experience, Improved the display of list with column formatting and list view formatting in SharePoint Online.

sharepoint online classic vs modern list and library
sharepoint online classic vs modern list and library

In Modern experience, you can find the List or library settings in right side of the menu.

sharepoint new vs classic experience in list and libraries
sharepoint new vs classic experience in list and libraries

In Modern experience user can pin documents to the top to highlight them.

Differences between the new and classic experiences for lists and libraries in SharePoint
Differences between the new and classic experiences for lists and libraries in SharePoint

The new experience supports the themes, navigation, and custom buttons that were created in the classic experience. However, some features can only be used in the classic experience.

  • The new modern list and document library experiences are not available for users of Internet Explorer 10 or earlier.
  • Customization of list or library may be affected while switching the default experience in SharePoint Online/2019.
  • Microsoft has confirmed that there are no plans to permanently remove “Classic” mode, so you can fall back to that interface if you wish or need to do so.

You may like following SharePoint list and library tutorials:

The above are the major difference between classics and modern SharePoint lists and library, so you can find more difference once you start working on it.

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About Rajkiran Swain

Rajkiran is currently working as a SharePoint Consultant in QATAR . Rajkiran having 6 + years of experience in Microsoft Technologies such as SharePoint 2019/2016/2013/2010, MOSS 2007,WSS 3.0, Migration, Asp.Net, C#.Net, Sql Server, Ajax, jQuery etc.He is C#Corner MVP (2 Times).

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