Using the SharePoint Site Description to enhance findability in Search

SharePoint has always had a Site Description field where you can provide an explanation of what your site is used for. However, it never seemed to show up in search results, so it wasn’t as useful as it could be. Fortunately, a recent change by Microsoft (outlined by Mikael Svenson in this blog post) means that the Site Description is now indexed by Search, and can help people find your site more easily. Here’s how it works…

New web part groupings in the Web Part Toolbox

If you spend time creating new modern pages in SharePoint Online, you’re used to seeing the Web Part Toolbox laid out in an alphabetical order, which often means a lot of scrolling if the items you use frequently are towards the bottom… we’re looking at you, Weather web part… But help has arrived… The Web Part Toolbox is now grouped by web part types, and it also uses machine learning to put the ones you use most frequently up at the top. Here’s how it looks…

New SharePoint Online lists and libraries have versioning turned on by default

One of the great things about SharePoint Online lists and libraries is the concept of versioning. Every time you save a copy of the item, a new version is created. If necessary, you can go back to a prior version and make that the most current version. It used to be that versioning was not turned on by default, and you usually discovered that when you needed to recover something and it was too late. Now, SharePoint Online lists and libraries have versioning turned on by default. Here’s what that looks like…