Choose display fields on Highlighted Content webpart
Allow to display filename attribute instead of title in Highlighted content webpart
We are thinking about a plan for editing the highlighted content display fields, but do not currently have a timeline for this feature
Jens Weil commented
Is this not a must have for many users? Why thinking of it? I you are not a skilled developer able to create custom webparts you are stuck to very limited webparts. Why aren't you at microsoft just deliver highly configureable webparts to dupport display templates as you did before.
Michael Zeppieri commented
The highlighted content web part is very useful, but would be nice to have more options for how it renders. For use cases where site pages have metadata fields associated to them, it would be great if you could choose which metadata fields appear in the thumbnail view. For example, most of our target audience doesn't care who last edited the site page or the name of the parent site it sits under, but there is metadata associated as custom columns in the page library that would be great to show in the thumbnail. Some other ideas:
The ability to conditionally format the fill color based on metadata attributes.
Edit the text in the thumbnail
Mouse over text associated to the thumbnail.
Eliminate the sharepoint icon, or the ability to customize this icon
I would really like to see where the owner could add any fields they wish (would love to be able to have a description under the title).
Also would love to be able to change the thumbnail that is used. Displaying the 1st slide of a deck isn't always the best thumbnail. If we had a thumbnail column in our list, and could select it in the webpart as the column to get the URL from, that would be great.
One last thing; be able to remove the link to the site homepage link. Doesn't make sense for that to be there on every card.
Lots more flexibility needed to make this webpart useful. Such as:
1. Toggle ON/OFF site origin
2. Toggle author ON/OFF, this is particularly annoying now i've created lots of pages on behalf of others, but the content is nothing to do with me
3. Removal of homepage from the list. The widget should display pages EXCLUDING the homepage, this is highly irritating given that the homepage is the most edited page so is always at the top.
4. Removal/ability to configure that DUMB sharepoint page icon (utterly useless)
Like many other comments here, I too would like the ability to remove the author details and the last edited details from the highlighted content. Not a good look when sharing something to external users. It just looks messy and doesn't add any value.
The automatic formatting of the title is a pain. I labelled my folders with capital letters where needed and the auto formatting of the title totally ignored it and I had to retype all the titles.
The issue we have with this web part is that it shows the site title a link. Users are clicking on it which just loads the same page (since the web part is on the home page already), so we need to be able to remove the site link.
We also did not want Modified by but found this fix for that which works:
Removed the Modified By from the highlighted content web part as follows:
There is a workaround that I found to remove this data or at least make it appear as blank. If you go to the "Modified By" column in the library the Highlighted Content web part is connected to, select "Created" from the "Show Field" drop down. While this is not a perfect fix, I was able to meet my requirement to remove this data from the Highlighted Content web part view.
Timo Neff commented
Same here! I can only underline the urgency of this topic.
Unfortunately, I cannot even find it on the road map yet: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=SharePoint
Colleen Parker commented
I see this is in THINKING ABOUT IT status. This is critical to the success of our intranet. We have people really trying to use metadata to pull content onto pages dynamically. I've sold it and people have bought in, but the inability to hide what is perceived as "noise" makes people use the ugly List View instead making it look like a network folder.
Robert O commented
When using it to display NEWS (because the users like the Film Strip format) it displays the Created By column but should display the Author Byline. It also displays a SharePoint icon to indicate the file type. Would really like the option NOT to show that.
Most of the documents are uploaded by me, or created by me. Then my name and picture shows up on each piece of highlighted content. How do I remove "created by" , "edited by", "Modified by" fields off?
Carry Megens commented
The webpart *should* display the fields as specified in the CAML query, but is does not. In this stage it is way to over simplified and not ready for production use.
Tom Burke commented
We should be able to select ANY column on the list content types or ANY list column to display in the HCWP. The current capabilities are extremely limited and aren't ready for us to roll out production solutions yet.
Separately, it's a huge problem that the title displayed here is not taken from the metadata title column but instead artificial intelligence is used to derrive a title. It creates an inconsistent and confusing experience for users.
The display fields should be an editable template so each organization or portal owner could define their own according to their needs. Maybe even allow organizations to offer 2 or 3 different display templates which editors could choose from when adding this webpart.
Darlene Suarez commented
Those who have voted here, please vote for the grouping option in Highlighted Content also.
Darlene Suarez commented
Also option to show or hide column header, if we are just displaying title of document I don't want it show the header "Title".
Agreed. I would like to be able to determine the column names, similarly to a document library list, but I need my HC web part to pull content from different sites across my organization. Also, the documents should be able to be sorted alphabetically...
Thomas Sondergaard commented
For pages, it would make sense to show the page owner in the Highlighted Content web part instead of the person who last edited the page.
As part of new Govt web standards we are required to show file type and size on all documents. This is not possible with the current display of this webpart. It would be helpful if the columns displayed could be selected from a range of options
It makes very little sense to use Title when Name is the predominant field now used elsewhere in SharePoint.