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I would like to know whether we can customize Sharepoint Online (Office 365) home page? Previously on MS Sharepoint 2010 & 2013, we can customize the masterpages and have our preferences Intranet portal, but I wonder this could be done in new version Sharepoint Online?

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Yes, you can still apply your own master page in SharePoint Online! But it is no longer recommended! Microsoft is frequently rolling out updates that you'll miss out on when not using the built-in master page. Microsoft is on a journey towards a fully responsive design with the new modern look. You would bypass this on sites where you have applyied your own master page.

You should instead focus your efforts on client-side customizations. For example by registering an alternate CSS file and registering custom JavaScript code to manipulate the DOM. Then there is also the new SharePoint Framework that enables you to build and deploy client-side customizations in SharePoint Online. It is 100% client-side and will also not support a custom master page.

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You can modify master pages on SharePoint Online by going to

Look and Feel -> Design manager

For more, read

  • Is this applied to Sharepoint Online (2016) or just for Sharepoint 2013? – Amirudin Abdul Majid Apr 11 '17 at 8:31
  • works for both SharePoint version 2013/2016 – bkk Apr 11 '17 at 8:53
  • search for Modern Experience(s) , Microsoft has disabled any branding of those – Danny '365CSI' Engelman Apr 11 '17 at 10:07
  • Thanks Danny for the pointer, but the question was if it is possible and at present it is for sure. – bkk Apr 11 '17 at 10:44
  • Yes for future development and customization it is better to stick with latest approach. Please see Lars answer. – bkk Apr 11 '17 at 10:45

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