I attended a recent Microsoft tech event this week and in a recent demo noted that a SharePoint Online site was created which took the new Modern UI.

I've attempted to recreate this on my own tenancy but this has yielded a site that has the classic interface on it. My current settings in the admin section are

  1. OD4B Experience - New Experience
  2. OD4B Sync Button - Show the button
  3. Sync Client for SharePoint - Start the new client
  4. SharePoint Lists and Libraries experience - New experience (auto detect)

These combined don't appear to have activated the new UI OR give me the option to activate it. Looking to apply a new masterpage doesn't appear to have given me any new options either.

Am I missing this or has it yet to be rolled out fully?

Thanks in advance Steven

  • Are you Set up the release option for the first release? Mar 31, 2017 at 12:10
  • I tried the same yesterday (and this tenant had Modern earlier), either Microsoft blocked me completely from Modern Experiences 😇 or something changed. Libraries that had Modern now show Classic Mar 31, 2017 at 12:12
  • Hi @Steve, are you creating Sites from SharePoint Admin center? If so it will not have a modern UI through out, but definitely have modern pages. Modern sites are created from SharePoint welcome page.
    – Asad Refai
    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:43

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After Microsoft released the GA Drop of SPFx, which means Modern Sites are now available on all tenants. I tried to play around with it. The first thing for me was to create a new Modern Team site. So as a common practice I navigated to SharePoint Admin, and created a new site collection, to my surprise the UI was classic but had ability to create modern pages.

This was very confusing to me, then I read an article by Chris O'Brien here. In the second paragraph he has mentioned below words

"As a reminder, any SharePoint site that is attached to an Office 365 Group is a modern site, and any old SharePoint Online site that has existed for a long time now has modern pages (it’s the default now when a new page is created)."

So to fulfill above condition i.e. site attached to O365 group. You can confirm below 2 things

  1. On your SharePoint Admin's settings page (https://yourtenant-admin.sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/online/TenantSettings.aspx), allow users to create sites. enter image description here
  2. Secondly navigate to SharePoint home page https://yourtenant.sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/sharepoint.aspx and create sites. These will be modern ones.

Note: This is my experience, there can be other ways and work around.

  • If you do, is the standard Documents library Modern? The Site HomePage is Modern, that Documents library it created is not (in my case) Mar 31, 2017 at 14:00
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    @Danny'365CSI'Engelman I just created a new team site. The home page is modern. Dint check the libs but will confirm it. Ideally if MS says it realsed globally, then it should but u never know bugs can be there.
    – Asad Refai
    Mar 31, 2017 at 14:05

You can create a Modern site using the below url ( kinda like workaround):


This will create a team site with group.

This is what i view in my tenant, its set to first release for all users. But i think it should work on all tenants irrespective of the release preferences.

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Reference - Create connected SharePoint Online team sites in seconds

Also, if you go to the url:


There you have the option to create "Modern" site:

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Note - both these options (urls) bypass the policy settings. As of now every user is able to create these sites. So, do keep a watch on the storage quotas.

  • Hi Gautam, above link is giving me access denied in my tenant. Mar 25, 2019 at 13:51
  • you can also try https://tenantname.sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/sharepoint.aspx and check ? Mar 25, 2019 at 14:22

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