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Customize the SharePoint 2013 Suite Bar!

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 5/16/2013

(From the mind of Peter Serzo, Previously VP of Consulting Services at High Monkey)

Simply put: I am giving you a working VS 2012 solution to modify the Suite Bar.  I love that people in this community share code, but there always seems to be that one thing missing to get it to work.  As such, I am sharing a working solution that you can compile and run immediately!

Download SB Solution

The Suite Bar Links is one of the "new" components in SharePoint 2013.  You can't miss it:

My experience so far is that customers want to customize it.  Especially to add their own feeds to the right of Newsfeed.

In order to modify this bar, one can create a solution to modify the links by writing a farm solution via Visual Studio 2012.  The downside of this is that can only do this with an on premise solution, not 365.

The bar is a delegate control.  Short reminder: This is a component on a page which is rendered at runtime in our aspx page.  Therefore, we cannot go into the design mode of an aspx form and change text such as "Skydrive" - it is simply not there until the form is showing.

This post is short because I am going to reference the following posts which got me almost there:

One other thing to note, you can target the farm solution at the site collection level rather than the web application.

Stay tuned for Part 2 - Customizing the Suite Bar Titles

Chad's Bio Coming Soon!

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Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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