Apart from having content neatly arranged and structured, it should be visually appealing. Modern page experience in SharePoint offers this experience. In today’s post, we are going to learn how to add sections and columns to a SharePoint Modern Page.
Add sections & columns on a SharePoint Modern Page
You can choose to customize SharePoint Modern Page as follows:
- Add a section with columns to a page
- Add a vertical section
- Change an existing section
- Add content to a column.
Now, we shall proceed to create attractive content by organizing layouts and adding sections with columns on SharePoint modern pages.
1] Add a section with columns to a page
Go to the page where you would like to place or add columns.
Choose ‘Edit’ option, visible in the top right corner of the page.
Now, hover your mouse below the title area of the page or above or below an existing web part. A line with a circled + should popup and display the following option – ‘Add a new section’.
Click the circle. Then, under ‘Section layout’, select the number of columns you want. Alternatively, if you are on a page that is part of a Communication site, select a full-width column to span the entire page.
2] Add a vertical section
Go to the page where you would like to add a vertical section.
Move your mouse cursor below the title area of the page to the far left, or above or below an existing web part. As earlier, select ‘Add a new section.’
Click the circle and from ‘Section layout’, choose ‘Vertical section’.
Kindly note that Vertical sections are currently available only on the right side of the page. Its length is adjusted based on the content on the page, growing or shrinking with the length of content in non-vertical sections.
Secondly, in a narrow browser window, a vertical section will be moved to the bottom of the page. When you choose to customize this (expand the window size) the vertical section will return to the right side of the page. This can also happen if your screen width is less than 1024 pixels. So, it is advisable to adjust display settings under ‘Scale and layout’. For example, in the drop-down under ‘Change the size of text, apps, and other items’, select a value of 125% or lower.
3] Change an existing section
If you would like to incorporate certain changes in the existing section, go to the page where you would like to make changes.
If you’re not in edit mode already, click ‘Edit’ at the top right of the page.
Here, you will notice that each section of a page is marked with a dotted line. Select the section you want to add columns to, then click Edit section on the left side of the page.
Now, in the ‘Section’ toolbox on the right side, choose the number and type of columns you want.
If you would like to customize the section furthermore, i.e., make the section appear more visually appealing or more attractive, choose a section background color. The available colors are based on your site theme.
For the best results, it is recommended not to use a section background color for sections that contain these web parts.
4] Add content to a column
If you would like to add your content to the column now, make sure you’re in the Edit mode.
Next, go to the column where you want to add content. Hover your mouse cursor over the column and click Circled plus sign used to add a modern web part to a page.
Select the web part you want to add to the column, and then add your content to the web part.
Also see, when you have content in two or more columns, and you choose to cut it short i.e., reduce the number of columns, the content in the right most column will move to the next column on the left. Likewise, when you reduce the same to just one column, content in the second or third columns will move to the bottom of the first column.
(Image source – Office.com)
This way you can add sections and columns on a SharePoint modern page and make it look more organized.