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Switch the default experience for lists and libraries from new or classic

The default experience for most list and document libraries has changed. The new, modern experience is recommended for most lists and libraries. It is faster, has simpler navigation and allows you to accomplish many common tasks more easily. However, you may want to switch the default experience for everyone to the classic experience.


  • The following steps change the default experience for everyone. To use the classic experience just for yourself, select Return to classic SharePoint in the bottom, left corner of the page. To exit, select Exit classic experience.

  • Exit classic experience option is not available if default experience is set to Classic experience.

Change the experience for a list or document library

  1. In the modern experience for a list or document library, select Settings Settings icon, and then select List settings or Library settings.

    In the classic experience, Library Settings or List Settings exists on the ribbon.

  2. Towards the end of the list of settings, select Advanced settings and select List experience.

  3. Select one of the three options, and to save, select OK.

    Important: Even when you select New experience, you might see the classic experience sometimes.

Change the experience for all lists and libraries on a site

You can activate the site collection feature SharePoint Lists and Libraries experience to set the classic experience as the default for an entire site. For more info, see How to enable or disable site collection features.

When both the site collection feature is active and the List experience for a list or library is set to New experience, the new experience is used.

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