Change a site's title, description, logo, and site information settings

Change a site's title, description, logo, and site information settings

Once you've created a site in SharePoint in Microsoft 365 or SharePoint Server, you can make changes to the site's settings, such as the name, logo, description, privacy level, and site classification, as well as service limits and permissions for the site.

The descriptions in this topic are based on Microsoft SharePoint sites built using standard user interface components. If your admin or site designer has radically changed the look of your site, you may not see the same thing presented here. For more information, see your SharePoint administrator.

Important: To make changes to the logo, title, description, and other settings you must have owner or designer permissions on the SharePoint site. For more info, see Managing site permissions.

You can change the logo, title, and other settings for SharePoint in Microsoft 365 team or SharePoint 2019 communication sites.

Note: For the classic experience or SharePoint Server versions, click the 2016, 2013, 2010 tab. If the UI here doesn't match what you're seeing, see Troubleshoot settings.

Change the title, description, and logo for your SharePoint in Microsoft 365 team or communication site

  1. Go to your SharePoint team or communication site.

  2. In the top right corner, click Settings Settings icon and then click Site settings.

    Site settings

  3. In the Look and Feel section, select Title, description, and logo.

    Changing a team or communication site logo

  4. If applicable, change the site title and description in the corresponding fields.

  5. If applicable, to change the logo, in the Insert Logo section select From Computer.

  6. Click Browse and select the new logo, click Open and then Save.

    Browse to open File Explorer

  7.  If applicable, type a description in the Version Comments field, and then click OK.

  8. (Optional) Enter a description for alternative text for the logo, and then click OK.

    Enter description

Important: 

  • SharePoint in Microsoft 365 team sites that are connected to a Microsoft 365 group use the same logo as the Microsoft 365 group to which they are connected.

  • When you change the logo for your SharePoint group-connected team site, the logo for the corresponding Microsoft 365 group will change also.

  • The process for changing the logo for a SharePoint in Microsoft 365 communication site or a SharePoint team sites that's not connected to a Microsoft 365 group is the same. In this case, only the site logo changes.

Important: To change these settings you must have owner or designer permissions on the SharePoint site. For more info, see managing site permissions.

These settings are only available for a group-connected team and communication sites.

  1. Go to your SharePoint team or communication site.

  2. In the top right corner, click Settings Settings icon and then click Site Information.

  3. Change the fields you want:

    •  Site name (required)

    •  Site description (optional)

    • Hub site association (optional): Used to classify a site using values such as internal, confidential, high business impact, low business impact, etc. When you connect your site to a hub, your site will inherit the hub theme and navigation.

    • Delete a communication or team site. This will delete all SharePoint content in the site. Be sure to backup any files or other content before proceeding.

    SharePoint site information panel

These are the most common settings for sites. To change other settings and options for the site, select View all site settings. This brings up the SharePoint Site Settings page.

Select a site design to apply a consistent set of actions or configurations such as setting a theme, adding links to the site navigation, or creating a list with a specific set of columns and settings to a site.

  • Go to your SharePoint team site.

  • In the top right corner, click Settings Settings icon > Site designs.

  • In the Choose a design list, select the design you want and click Apply to site.

    Apply a design to a SharePoint site

Site permission levels are based on SharePoint permission groups. Members of a SharePoint permission group can either visit the site without editing it (Site visitors), edit the site (Site members), or have full control of the site (Site owners).

  1. Go to your SharePoint team site.

  2. In the top right corner, select Settings Settings icon  and then Site permissions.

    Site permissions box

  3.  If you have additional groups or people that you'd like to give permissions to the site, select Advanced permissions settings.

To give people access to your site, you can either add members to the Microsoft 365 group associated with the site or you can share the site with others without adding them to a Microsoft 365 group. For more on site permissions, see Understanding permission levels in SharePoint.

Note: If you are a site owner, you will see a link for Advanced permission settings where you can configure additional SharePoint permission settings. For more information, see Understanding permission levels in SharePoint.

On the SharePoint ribbon, select Grant Permissions, choose Invite people and then do the following:

  • Add Members to Group to add members to the Microsoft 365 group associated with your site. This is the preferred method. Click Add members, enter a name or email address, and click Save. Members added to the Microsoft 365 group are added to the SharePoint Site members permission group by default and can edit the site. They also have full access to the Microsoft 365 group resources such as group conversations, calendar, etc.

  • Share Site Only to share the site with others without adding them to the Microsoft 365 group associated with the site. Enter a name or email address, click the down arrow to select the SharePoint permission level, and then click Add. Sharing the site gives users access to the site, but they won't have access to the Microsoft 365 group resources such as group conversations, calendar, etc.

    Invite people to your SharePoint site

To change the permission level for an individual or group, click the down arrow next to the SharePoint permission level for that person or group and select Full Control to add them to the Site owners group, or Read to add them to the Site visitors group.

Note: To view all members of the Microsoft 365 group associated with your site and their SharePoint permission levels, click members at the top right corner of your site.

In SharePoint in Microsoft 365, to remove someone who isn't a member of the Microsoft 365 group associated with your site, click the down arrow next to the SharePoint permission level for that group and select Remove.

Important: The Remove option is only available for individuals or groups that aren't part of the Microsoft 365 group.

To remove someone from the Microsoft 365 group associated with your site, click members at the top right corner of the site, click the down arrow next to the permission level for that member, and click Remove from group.

Remove site permission

  • The most common problem with trying to change settings is not having the correct permissions. If you aren't sure what your permissions are, check with your SharePoint, network, or Microsoft 365 administrator.

  • If you have permissions, be sure of the version of SharePoint that you're using. For more info, see Which version of SharePoint am I using? If your site was built with an older version of SharePoint, it may be using the classic look. To change logo, description, or other settings, click the 2016, 2013, 2010 tab. SharePoint classic experience uses the same user interface for settings as SharePoint 2016.

You change the logo, title, and other settings on SharePoint Server 2016, 2013, or 2010. For SharePoint team or communication sites, click the Modern tab.

Change the title, description, and logo for your SharePoint Server site

As owner, or user with full control permissions, you can change title, description, and logo for your SharePoint Server site..

  1. Go to your site.

  2. In the top right corner, click Settings Settings icon , or in top left, click Site Actions Button image .

  3. Click Site Settings.

    Site settings option under the Settings button
  4. Under Look and Feel, click Title, description, and logo. Site Settings with Title, description, logo selected

  5. Update the Title field. Add or edit the optional Description for the site.

    Title, description, and logo settings page
  6. For SharePoint 2016 or 2013, under Logo and Description, do one of these:

    Click FROM COMPUTER, browse for an image and click Open.

    Click FROM SHAREPOINT, browse for an image on the SharePoint site, and click Insert.

    For SharePoint 2010, under Logo and Description, insert a URL to an image to use as logo.

    Title, Logo, and Description settings page
  7. Fill in an optional description or Alt text. Click OK to save

Site permission levels are based on SharePoint permission groups. Members of a permission group can either visit the site without editing it (Site visitors), edit the site (Site members), or have full control of the site (Site owners).

To give people access to your site, you can either add members to a group associated with the site (preferred method) or you can share the site with others without adding them to a group.

To invite people to your site, you invite people using the site Share button. For more info, see Share a site.

To add people with a group, you can create a group, or use a pre-existing one and add members to that group. Groups provide varying levels of permissions that everyone in the group has, so it's easier to manage a number of users and what access they have. For more info, see Create and manage SharePoint groups.

To change the permission level for an individual or group, click the down arrow next to the permission level for that person or group and select Full Control to add them to the Site owners group, or Read to add them to the Site visitors group.

Note: To view all members of the Microsoft 365 group associated with your site and their permission levels, click members at the top right corner of your site.

To remove someone from a group associated with your site, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your site.

  2. In the top right corner, click Settings Settings icon , or in top left, click Site Actions Button image .

  3. Click Site Settings.

    Site settings option under the Settings button
  4. Under Users and Permissions, click Site permissions.

    Users and permissions menu item
  5. In Site permissions, click the group you want to remove a member from.

  6. Select the user you want to remove.

  7. Click Actions, and then click Remove Users from Group.

  8. Click OK.

For more information on how permissions work and the settings you can use, see Understanding permission levels in SharePoint.

Notes: 

  • Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have set up the targeted release options in Microsoft 365. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.

  • Group-connected team sites have different customization options. See Customizing SharePoint team sites for more information.

  • Groups cannot be hidden from address lists in order to enable corresponding SharePoint site logo to be edited.

  • Check out these YouTube videos from Microsoft Creators to learn more about security and permissions.

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