What's Changed in the SharePoint 2010 Layout?

Layout differences of SharePoint 2010.

Top Bar

The Top Bar in SharePoint 2010 (below) differs significantly from the Top Bar in SharePoint 2007.  Some options have been replaced, while others have moved.

Top Bar

  • Site Actions is now on the left side (instead of the right).
  • Search has moved to the Browse tab.
  • My Links have been completely reorganized:
    • My SharePoint Sites are now found within Personal Options > My Profile > Memberships.
    • Add to My Links has been replaced with I Like It (see the Browse Tab for more information).
    • Manage Links can now be found under Tags & Notes > My Tags (or Personal Options > My Profile > Tags and Notes).  See the Browse Tab & Personal Options for more information.
  • Personal Options (which appear as your name in the upper-right corner) & Site Navigation are described below.

Personal Options (appears as Lastname, Firstname)

The top-right button on your SharePoint site appears as your name in a Lastname, Firstname format. As in SharePoint 2007, this is where you'll find Personal Options, including My Settings, Sign Out options, Request Access, & Personalize this Page. Additionally, SharePoint 2010 offers My Site and My Profile.

  • My Site and My Profile replace My Links.  They allow you to view additional information, such as notes you've made, content you've created, and sites where you're a member.

Personal Options

Site Navigation

SharePoint 2007's site navigation 'breadcrumbs' have been replaced with a Navigation Tree (below).

Navigation Tree 2007 Navigation
2010's Navigation Tree replaces...
...2007's 'Breadcrumbs' Navigation.

Left Bar

Quick Launch Bar

The Quick Launch bar (pictured right; appears on the left in SharePoint) hasn't changed much between SharePoint 2007 & 2010.  It shows the categories of content on your site, as well as any content you have designated to show in the Quick Launch bar.

  • Note that the link to view All Site Content has moved to the bottom of this list.  In SharePoint 2007, it was at the top.
  • Brand-new sites will show a Libraries category instead of DocumentsPeople and Groups may also be missing.




The Ribbon

When you first log in to SharePoint 2010, you may notice the presence of a wide toolbar containing tabs at the top of the page.  The available tabs on your homepage are Browse (selected by default) and Page.

  • The Browse tab (see below) will always be available to you as a way to navigate your site & change views.
  • The Page tab will change, depending on which type of content you're viewing.  For more information about the Page tab, see Pages.
  • Other tabs, including List Tools, Library Tools, Calendar Tools, & Page Tools, are available depending on what type of content you are currently viewing.  See Pages or Tools for Lists, Libraries & Calendars for more information.


The Browse Tab


Browse Tab

The Browse tab (above) contains:

  • Top Link Bar - Shortcut to your home page, or to other pages you've added as links.
  • Page Title Link(s) - Shortcuts to your home page & any folders containing your current page.
  • Search Box - More search options are available on the Search Results page.
  • I Like It - This bookmarks the current content.  Your 'Liked' pages can be found within Tags & Notes > My Tags (or Personal Options > My Profile > Tags and Notes).
  • Tags & Notes - This allows you to tag (categorize) the current page, and take notes on it.  Tags & Notes can then be found within Tags & Notes > My Tags (or Personal Options > My Profile > Tags and Notes).
  • Views are described below.



In SharePoint 2007, view options were found in the View: drop-down menu.  In SharePoint 2010, view options are found by clicking on the last link of the Page Title Links (below).

Views Views 2007
View Options in SharePoint 2010
View Options in SharePoint 2007