SharePoint 2016 OnPremise now contains the AppLauncher in the upper left corner like Office365 already does.

How can i add/modify/remove those links in an OnPremise-only installation of SharePoint 2016?

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The requested feature has been implemented with SharePoint 2016 FeaturePack 1 which was release in November 2016. The feature is also shipped with SharePoint 2019 RTM.

Steps to implement custom tiles:

  • Check if at least FeaturePack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016 is installed (SharePoint Build 16.0.4456.1002 or above)
  • Enable the feature via PowerShell: Enable-SPFeature -Identity CustomTiles -Url <WebAppURL> -Force. It is a WebApplication-scoped feature, so it must be enabled and configured per WebApplication
  • A hidden list named Custom tiles will automatically be created in the RootSiteCollection of your WebApplication. It can be found in http://<WebAppURL>/lists/custom%20tiles
  • A new tile can be created by adding a new item to the list. The form will ask all necessary information

New tile


You must have full hybrid integration (hybrid Sites) with SharePoint Server 2016. I worked with Vlad Catrinescu yesterday to get this working. You can 'Add a tile' from the O365 Administration center and it may take 24 to 48 hours to boil back down to on-prem. You cannot directly customize it, the tiles will only come from O365.

EDIT: Here's a picture.

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  • This is really sad that its controlled outside the environment and is available only in Hybrid Scenario. A Forceful change to move customer from onpremise to online.
    – Arvi
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 3:48
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    This changed with Feature Pack 1, where this is no longer required.
    – user6024
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 4:44

According to this blog post, it seems to be impossible in the current version of SharePoint 2016.


UPDATE: See note above regarding Feature Pack 1. We got it to work.

  • This article is for a preview. Unfortunately i also was not able to find any customization-capabilities in the GUI of SharePoint 2016 RTM. But it might be possible via PowerShell or Programming-APIs. Maybe we can find someone here on StackExchange who can give an answer. I'm sure i will not be the only one asking this :)
    – MHeld
    Commented May 13, 2016 at 13:27
  • I found other resources also, I did not provide the link to,that says the same thing. So, I believe it is still not available yet! Good Luck! Commented May 13, 2016 at 15:24

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