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4 ways to link to Intranet Homepage in SharePoint

Do you feel homesick when you collaborate with your colleagues in SharePoint? Let’s be honest, no matter which department or team site you work on, you want to click on that home button that will lead you back to the company homepage. Well, guess, what, there are few ways that will lead you there!

Option 1: Top Link Bar

The best and most logical place for the Home link would be the top link bar (or global navigation). I have written a number of blog posts on the topic. The expectation is that the Home button, of course, exists in your top link bar and that you inherit the navigation to subsites.

Pros:

  • Easy to setup

Cons:

  • This only works in SharePoint. If you are visiting another Office 365 asset like OneDrive or Outlook mail – you are out of luck

Option 2: App Launcher Tile

Another logical place for the Home button would be an Office 365 App Launcher. In case you are wondering how to set it up – reference this detailed blog post for instructions.

Pros:

  • Easy to setup
  • Can access SharePoint Homepage from anywhere in Office 365 (OneDrive, Outlook, SharePoint). Just click on the waffle/app launcher

Cons:

  • While the Intranet Homepage tile is created by an Admin, it has to be added manually by each user to their own app launcher

Option 3: Office 365 logo

Another great way to link to the Homepage is via Office 365 top bar logo. I detailed the instructions on how to do this in this article. Just like the app launcher, it gets you to the specific URL you set when you configure it.

Pros:

  • Easy to setup
  • Can access SharePoint Homepage from anywhere in Office 365 (OneDrive, Outlook, SharePoint). Just click on the logo in the center of the top bar

Cons:

  • Has to be setup upfront by Office 365 Administrator

Option 4: SharePoint Tile

OK, this is your last resort kind of deal and a great option if none of the previous three are set up by your Admins/IT. The new SharePoint Tile (SharePoint Home) to the rescue! It will display to you all sorts of sites that exist in your SharePoint environment, depending on the sites you frequently visit, and I bet the Homepage would be one of them. So if all else fails – this is your best bet to find that Homepage you are looking for (or any other SharePoint site for that matter).

Pros:

  • Does not require any upfront setup (SharePoint sites in SharePoint Home are displayed based on Office Graph/user behavior)

Cons:

  • Requires multiple clicks. Might need to search/scroll through some sites to find the one you need (Homepage)!

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