Home » Our Blog » Tip for navigating quickly around multiple SharePoint sites and lists

Tip for navigating quickly around multiple SharePoint sites and lists

Susan Carlow

This tip is useful for users of Internet Explorer or Edge. When you’re working in SharePoint (particularly as the Administrator or Developer) you often need to move between several sites and lists, which can be frustrating having to back your way out of a page to only a few minutes later realising that you need to open that same thing again.

For example, if I’m adding a link to a document in a Promoted Links app, I need to open the document library it’s stored in, open the image library to find a relevant image to display and I need to open the Promoted Links app itself. This can mean a lot of to-ing and fro-ing around SharePoint, usually using the Back button or clicking around the navigation on each of the relevant sites.

An easier way to get around is to right mouse click on the IE tab and select Duplicate.

Right mouse click over tab to open menu to select Duplicate

This opens a duplicate tab of the site you’re working in, allowing you to navigate to the relevant list or site you need, but keeping the original page you were working on open and available to speedily click back to.

So, in my scenario of adding a link to a Promoted Links app, I’ll duplicate the tab several times, so I can have an IE tab open for the image library, the document library and the actual Promoted Links app that I need to update. Then I can easily click between the tabs to copy and paste the links I need, without the arduous task of going back and forward navigating around SharePoint to find the things I need.

Promoted Links app used to help users navigate key content in SharePoint
Example of Promoted Links providing clean tile navigation for SharePoint Home site

For information on how we can help you with SharePoint training and intranet development please contact us.  We also offer training in Microsoft Office, Office 365 and OneNote. 

Susan Carlow

Susan is a dedicated and energetic IT professional with over 25 years experience working with world-class IT systems, methodologies and organisations and over 20 years of experience in training and development.

She has the knack of relating to users, easily translating techie-speak and complex system processes into real-life terms to ensure learners ‘get it’.  She specialises in identifying your business issues and any barriers that stop users from getting what they need from their technology.

Over the years, Susan has worked with renowned companies such as DHL, British Airways, Sky City, Vector, Auckland Council and Beca – designing and delivering quality learning solutions, increasing user productivity and helping them to reach their business goals.Susan is a certified Microsoft® Office Specialist specialising in OneNote, Office 365, Lync (Skype for Business) and SharePoint.  She offers training, design and development services for all versions of SharePoint server, as well as cloud SharePoint – the online offering in Office 365.

If you enjoyed this you may also enjoy...

4 things I really love about SharePoint

There’s a ton of things I really like about SharePoint, as well as a couple of things I don’t like so much – but I want to share with you the things I’ve noticed that I use over and over, so here are the 4 coolest features in SharePoint Online that I would go so

​Read More

The importance of fresh content on your SharePoint intranet

The old adage ‘content is king’ originated from an essay written by Bill Gates in 1996 and is specific to the content found on websites and company intranet pages. Users rely on visual clues to confirm that they’re in the right place and viewing content that’s relevant to them. If your intranet (or public website)

​Read More

Benefits of using Calendars in SharePoint

I do a lot of demos of SharePoint and I often notice that it takes a wee while for people to understand the benefit of a team calendar. Once they understand that calendars in SharePoint are for groups and teams, rather than the individual calendar you use in Outlook or your mail client, there’s an

​Read More

Yellow Message Bar in SharePoint Permissions

It’s quite likely that at some stage you’ll come across a yellow message bar in SharePoint that attempts to notify you when individual or unique permissions have been made at a file or item level.  This Microsoft article explains what the messages mean.

​Read More

If I’m already using OneDrive, why use SharePoint?

If I’m already using OneDrive, why use SharePoint? The simplest answer to this is that you’ve probably already paid for it, and why pay for something that you don’t use? Most of the Office 365 business subscriptions include SharePoint, but I often see clients struggling to manage their organisation files in OneDrive for Business as

​Read More