Customization of Office 365 Home page
Have customization possibilities for customization of the Home page (portal.office.com/home);
- Possibility to add mandatory tiles
- Possibility to remove tiles for users
- Add custom tiles (with a link)
Like the App Launcher customization possibilities.
Thanks for sharing this with us. The team is looking at how to improve the O365 homepage. These are helpful details. Others should please comment with specifics as well if they have ideas on customization improvements. – Jay Waltmunson (O365 Program Manager)
Allowing the user the ability to create their own individual page similar to the Modern Home page in Office 365 Groups would be great. In this way the user can customize by adding from a list of Web Parts (or for the developers creating their own) to create a page containing everything they need for their own individual daily work. It would surely help trying to sell the concepts of O365 Groups to the user too when they can play around creating their own individual work area with a variety of Web Parts.
Wavy D commented
I'd like to be able to hide/remove the recommended documents as it presents a GDPR / Compliance related issue.
EG All members of a team have access to HR Policies and it exposes the fact that someone in that team has been accessing HR documents to everyone else in their team. This potentially exposes a confidential issue that someone is having to all the members of their team.
Inge Norden commented
Make the links in the search result clickable! As it is now, even if the organization's Customized tiles shows up in the result, nothing happens when clicking on the link.
It would be great to have the option to add shortcuts to other SaaS applications directly to the home page, in much the same way you can with custom tiles and the launcher. With the appropriate security wrap around this could quickly become a replacement for traditional VDI.
I’m a Microsoft partner and i can till you that I’m getting the same question from customers for every project,, we need to have more ability of customization.
Kelly Matos commented
I'd rather the Dynamics button not show, as we don't have a single license for those products. We happen to have a few users using Flow, but even for them, the Dynamics button is unnecessary and confusing. Thanks.
Why don't we have the ability to remove certain icons / links from the Office 365 Home Page as a Global Administrator. I don't want Bookings to show up for any of my users and there's no way to do this. I've removed all user licenses for bookings, turned the bookings feature totally off in the admin panel under Settings > Services & Add-ons and it still shows up for everyone. Even when I setup a brand new user account and only assign an Exchange license, nothing else, bookings is still on the Home Page. I know they can't user the bookings feature, but why can't we have control over removing the icon?
The same is true for the Business Center icon on the home page, which I don't want there and none of my users will access. Again, all licenses turned off for Business Center, and all apps that are part of it, but Business Center icon still shows on the Office 365 Home Page, confusing users after they click on it to see what it is and the notice says to ask their administrator..
We need more control!!
Theo T commented
Yet another homepage with very limited customization. It would be fantastic to have the O365 apps with corporate links, web and legacy apps all in the one place ! One feature in the right direction.
Agree, must have! any progress on this issue?
Absolutely agree. Customizations for enterprise are key to ensure proper deployment.
This is a must-have.
Anne Marie Rowley commented
We are implementing Office 365 at our school so we would like to customize the O365 based on the group (i.e. student vs. teachers). We would also like an easier way to brand the pages.
I agree, I have our route SharePoint site set up so all the subsites are accessible through navigation menu and sidebar...staff that click the Sharepoint icon on their 365 Home Page are expecting to see this custom homepage but are instead getting the frequent and suggested page site which is confusing them.
I would agree with this, but it seems that the App Launcher customization has been removed. A step backwards.
Would love to see this as well. We have different users at different levels of sophistication and I would like much more admin control over what a user sees on their homepage (e.g. being able to remove apps, remove the option to install local office software etc.)
Renee Davis commented
Yes! Agree with this request. I want to remove apps from my user's home page that they don't need. I want to add/remove apps from my homepage. Oh and I like the boxes better.
I was trying to find a way of dropping a link onto the home page to direct users to our own help Sharepoint, so I was disappointed to find the functionality is so limited. I don't want to have to ask users to go and find things - I want to present what they need right in front of them when they login.
Now with the launch of the new app launch bar I had hoped to have this custom behavior and admin settings to manage the launcher & start page.
Agree with other commenters. Why is the App Launcher customizable but not the homepage? Is 365 is meant to be a single point of login for businesses we need more options to customize the landing page. This is a particular problem now that the app launcher is no longer available from mobile devices. Custom links are inaccessible unless accessing from a laptop or desktop computer.
Karen Glynn commented
I see there is much discussion here and you have responded to everything that involves tweaking MS product placement. However, the major blocker to take up for my clients is where they want to use Office 365 as an intranet. They primarily want to deliver a corporate navigation and news to users at point of logon. Suddenly entering a complete MS world, is a step too far for them.
An intranet home page can be built in SharePoint Online for sure, however, you cannot make SharePoint Online the default landing page, nor can you deliver it as a Content Tile on the O365 homepage.
It would really help with uptake if some part of the Home Page was customisable by admins, to tailor it so that users their own employers information and not Microsofts when they first land in the Office 365 world.
Andrew Lindsay commented
I agree with others regarding the tiles. I would also like to see the ability to customize content on the page, such as the ability for the Admin to add alerts/notices to the page.