Promoted Links in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online

This SharePoint tutorial explains Promoted Links App in SharePoint 2013. How to create a promoted link app in SharePoint 2013/2016 or SharePoint Online. Also, we will check how to enable promoted links app in the SharePoint publishing site.

Promoted Links App is a new feature in SharePoint 2013. Promoted Links App is like a list but it has the ability to have a background image with a link and also you have the option to open the link in a separate window. Promoted Links App looks attractive on the page in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online.

Create Promoted Links App in SharePoint

Now we will see how we can add/create a promoted links app into SharePoint 2013/2016/Online. SharePoint provides a template known as “Promote Links“, by using which we can create Promoted Links App.

Open SharePoint Online site, click on the Settings icon on top of the page and then click on Add an App as shown in the fig below.

promoted links in SharePoint 2013

Then from the list of App, select Promoted Links App as shown on the fig below:

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Then give a name in the Adding Promoted Links page as shown in the fig below:

promoted links SharePoint online

Then go to the home page of the list as shown in the fig below. There click on add new item.

create promoted links in sharepoint 2013

This will open the screen to add an item, here you can put the title, background image, description, link location and the launch behavior (select new tab option if you want to open in a new link window), you can optionally give the order as well. Then click on Save.

create promoted links in sharepoint 2016

Here I have added 3 items to the list. Now go and edit the page and add the list to the home page like below.

create promoted links in sharepoint online

After that it will appear like below:

sharepoint 2013 promoted links

Enable promoted links app in SharePoint publishing site

Now, we will see how to enable promoted links app in SharePoint 2013 publishing site. By default, if you will open a SharePoint 2013 publishing site, you will not be able to see the Discussion Board, Issue Tracking List, promoted links App, etc.

To bring promoted links app in SharePoint 2013, we need to activate the Team collaboration lists feature. Team collaboration lists is a feature that Provides team collaboration capabilities for a site. Once you activate this feature you will able to see: Form Library, Picture Library, Document Library, Announcements, and lists like Calendar, Contacts, Custom List, Custom List with Datasheet View, Promoted Links, Discussion Board, External List, Issue Tracking List, Links, Project List, Survey, Tasks etc.

Activate Team collaboration lists feature

Click on the Settings Icon from the right top and click on Site Settings as shown in the fig below:

enable promoted links in sharepoint 2013

Then click on Manage site features from the Site Actions section as shown in the fig below:

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This will open the list of features, search for Team Collaboration Lists and click on Activate as shown in the fig below:

enable promoted links in sharepoint online

Once the feature activated, you will able to see the above apps in the publishing site.

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Here I have explained what is a promoted links app in SharePoint 2013. How we can add a promoted links app in SharePoint Online or SharePoint 2013/2016. Also, we learned how to enable promoted links app in SharePoint 2013 publishing site.

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