I have a SP app in which I have a document library. However, if I click on the "New" button in the library I get the pick-file-dialog where I should browse for a file (same screen as if I click the Upload button!).

I would expect the dialog where I should pick the type of file I want to create.

So I get:

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where I would expect this:

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On another library on the same site I do get the right menu when clicking the new doc button.

Does anyone know how to fix this? please note that I use sharepoint online. Thanks!!!

  • This is the default behavior. The "new" button in the ribbon is connected to the word template associated with the document library. Oct 3, 2014 at 16:27
  • yes, but I see the upper screen, not the lower. How can I have the bottom picture menu appear when clicking on +new? Oct 3, 2014 at 16:33
  • In the document where this menu is not showing up, are you getting the office web app preview by clicking the dots to the right of the file name? Oct 3, 2014 at 16:38
  • yes I do see the Excel Online preview Oct 3, 2014 at 16:41
  • And if you try to create a additional new document library just for testing if it gets the office web app menu? Oct 3, 2014 at 16:51

3 Answers 3


OK, which dialog is shown totally depends on the following setting in the Library:

Library Settings--> Advanced Settings --> Allow management of Content Types.

If "Yes" --> Upload File dialog appears If "No"--> "Create New File" dialog appears.

To change these settings in the app itself set the EnableContentTypes="FALSE" in the library schema.xml


For me I find that in my SharePoint 2016 setup Allow management of Content Types to No, still causes + New to give the Upload menu. I do not want the Upload menu either. I just want the +New to open my Excel XLSX default document that I have set up. I thought I was able to do something like this in the past, but maybe it was because I was doing an InfoPath Document Form Library?


you can edit the library web part, change "Toolbar Type" to "Show Toolbar". Then the New button works, it allows you to open your template document or create a new folder.

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