Modern SharePoint is coming with lots of new and exciting features on regular basis. Microsoft is rolling out another new feature, called SharePoint App bar to enhance the global navigation experiences.

In this article, I will give insights of SharePoint App bar and how it will enhance the user experiences.

The SharePoint app bar brings a consistent navigation experience to every site on your intelligent intranet, featuring quick access to important sites across the organization with global navigation, personally relevant sites, and the news feed.

The SharePoint App bar in modern site looks like as shown.

There are four options available in SharePoint app bar.

  • Global Navigation
  • Sites
  • News
  • Files

Global Navigation:

This global navigation gives flexible option to reach to SharePoint global start page. The customizable, global navigation in the app bar is shared with the home site app, giving employees that consistent navigation experience across Teams and the browser.


This option in app bar gives you a quick option to switch between different sites. On this site navigation, you can see list of sites, frequently used sites to navigate quickly and followed sites as well. This option will enhance user experiences among various sites for quick collaboration.


This my news option in app bar facilitates user to quickly access the news across various sites in your organization which are mostly recommended for the user.


Another efficient way to access your recent files. This app bar option will provide users to quickly access their recent files.

Enable/Disable SharePoint app bar

This SharePoint app bar can be enabled or disabled based on demand and necessity. However, we cannot disable this feature permanently. We need to run SharePoint Online PowerShell script as shown:

To Check Status


To disable:

Set-SPOTemporarilyDisableAppBar $true

To enable

Set-SPOTemporarilyDisableAppBar $false

Few considerations for SharePoint App bar

  • We cannot customize the specific tabs in app bar
  • We can only customize the global navigation tab
  • If global navigation is not configured, then it will link to share SharePoint start page
  • We can enable or disable for specific site collection
  • The SharePoint App bar is not available for classic sites as of now and will be available in future.

Release Date of SharePoint App bar

This release target for this feature is March CY2021 and the current status is in development.


In this article, we have explored the newly introduced feature of SharePoint called, SharePoint App Bar, which will enhance the global navigation consistency to every site on our intelligent intranet. The SharePoint app bar feature will help us to quickly access to important sites across organization with global navigation, personally relevant sites, the new feeds, and recent documents.

By Rijwan Ansari

Research and Technology Lead | Software Architect | Full Stack .NET Expert | Tech Blogger | Community Speaker | Trainer | YouTuber. Follow me @ Md Rijwan Ansari is a high performing and technology consultant with 10 plus years of Software Development and Business Applications implementation using .NET Technologies, SharePoint, Power Platform, Data, AI, Azure and cognitive services. He is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, C# Corner MVP, Microsoft Certified Data Analyst Associate, Microsoft Certified Azure Data Scientist Associate, CSM, CSPO, MCTS, MCP, with 15+ Microsoft Certifications. He is a research and technology lead in Tech One Global as well as leading Facebook community Cloud Experts Group and SharePoint User Group Nepal. He is a active contributor and speaker in community, C# Corner MVP and his rank at 20 among 3+ millions members. Additionally, he is knee to learn new technologies, write articles, love to contribute to the open-source community. Visit his blog RIJSAT.COM for extensive articles, courses, news, videos and issues resolution specially for developer and data engineer.

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