I have a SharePoint 2013 environment and I have the publishing features enabled. When I try to add Apps, only 3 show up: Document Library, Custom Lists, & Tasks. If I turn off Publishing, then a whole plethora of apps re-appear.

We have gone through all the steps of setting up an app domain and creating an app catalog. On the app catalog site, I create a new app from the Announcements app called News & Announcements, and I want to add this to my main site. No matter what I do, I cannot get it to show up in my site.

What am I doing wrong?

  • Did you create a custom app 'News & Annoucements' in app catalog site? If yes, did you install it within 'Apps for SharePoint'? Check if the 'Enabled' property is checked within the properties for that custom app.
    – Aveenav
    Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 15:35
  • I didn't create it in Visual Studio if that's what you're asking. On the app catalog site, under Site Contents I clicked on "Add an app" then under "Apps you can add" I clicked Announcements, gave it a name of "News & Announcements" and clicked "Create". It shows up fine in the App catalog site, but doesn't show up on any of my site collections. I can't find anywhere to set the properties like you suggested.
    – gev125
    Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 16:04
  • The 'News & Annoucements' app you created under App catalog is nothing but a list that will be available only to App catalog site collection. It's same as creating a list in any site or site collection. If your intention is to create an App that will be available throughout your tenant you need to create .app files (custom app) and install it within App catalog.
    – Aveenav
    Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 16:21
  • That's cool, I understand that. But how come virtually no apps (except the 3 mentioned above) show up on my main site. If I turn Publishing features back on, they will show up, but I need Publishing, and need these apps. HELP!!
    – gev125
    Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 16:39
  • Try going to Site Collection features (_layouts/15/ManageFeatures.aspx?Scope=Site) and see what all features are turned on, some of the apps require particular feature to be turned on. Check for 'SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection features', 'Video and Rich Media', 'SharePoint Server Standard Site Collection features' and see if they are on, If not, turn them on. Which template did you select when you first created your site collection? I'm guessing you might have used blank template. Also, try creating a new site collection with different template & see if problem still exist.
    – Aveenav
    Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 17:10

4 Answers 4


I believe I have solved my problem. After some experimentation, I think there was a flaw in my master page. I had done some customization to seattle.html and I must have done something to bomb out the section that handles the additional apps.

I created a new site collection and copied the seattle.html from the new to the existing, then applied my theme and it seems to be working fine now.

Thank you for your help.

  • For me, it was because I had commented out <SharePoint:AjaxDelta id="DeltaPlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea"> Code. Thank you! Placed it back in, made a calendar and commented it back in! :)
    – MackieeE
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 11:23

The specific cause for 'Apps you can add' not showing up is one of maybe 4 ContentPlaceHolders either missing from the master page or set to Visible="False".

  • DeltaPlaceHolderLeftNavBar
  • PlaceHolderLeftNavBar
  • DeltaPlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea
  • PlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea

In my case I had to set PlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea to Visible="True".

<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id="PlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea" Visible="True" runat="server" />

Source: http://blog.drisgill.com/2012/12/design-manager-bug-sharepoint-2013-rtm.html

  • This section is for answers only, when you have gained some more rep you will be able to post comments Commented Mar 3, 2014 at 16:29

You are not doing anything wrong. It's a bug in Microsofts JavaScript code. The app icons on the "Add an app" page are loaded via AJAX and the code is hard-coded to set the text of the span with id 'ms-pageTitleCurrentNode' in the PlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea (and in the QuickLaunch, too). So if you remove either the Title or QuickLaunch area via masterpage modification you will end up without the app list.

As a workaround you might try to add the span anywhere on the page. Since the text "Your apps" will be set on it you might also want to hide the span via CSS if you don't want to see this text appear on your page.

In case of the removed QuickLaunch I don't know of any quick fix, so you better don't remove it in the masterpage and set its visibility via CSS instead.


I re-instated the following lines into my SharePoint Online master page and it restored the additional apps at the cost of having extra controls on the page:

<!--SPM:<SharePoint:AjaxDelta id="DeltaPlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea" runat="server">-->
<!--SPM:<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id="PlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea" runat="server">-->

Very grateful to the contributors on this post for guidance on this.


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