A Total Revamp for Wikis
Could we please have the ability to create Wikis in SharePoint that look like TechNet or Wikipedia? Please try to make things more simple. Do not over complicate it again.
Thanks all for your feedback and votes. Adding wiki functionality to Modern Pages is in our plans, please stay tuned.
Adriaan Van Nuffel commented
When you want to link in a Wiki to a document from a library - it should be like this:
- open page editor
- click an "Add link" button
- in the popup window -> possibility to browse through the files of the libraries and choose the file you need
It's like that in Word, and seems logical and easy to me.
+1 I agree with Kyle and "Anonymous". Having the same doubts.
I think MS may miss the point again here. The wiki in SharePoint is unusable by normal people and millennials. As a result, people prefer tools like Confluence. The issue is not just layout, it's also navigation. Look at Confluence and see why that is preferred by many.
Hi SharePoint Experiences Team,
I read the complaints in here and most of us are asking for improved features in the SharePoint wiki. Can you please explain what/how "Adding wiki functionality to Modern Pages is in our plans" relates to the "A Total Revamp for Wikis" idea?
Table of Contents. Gimme Gimme Gimme!
Dan M commented
OneNote integration and also consider making it like docs.microsoft.com
Without a proper wiki, Sharepoint is not a real collaboration tool.
I don't know in which product Microsoft wants to put a proper wiki. Here I mean a confluence style wiki which really encourage collaboration. A mediawiki (wikipedia) is not sufficient.
Onenote has inherent problem as it is a file. It is slow to open, and when it gets bigger, it becomes slower and slower.
There is a wiki in Teams, it doesn't offer anything more than what a OneNote could offer.
I have used confluence wiki for ten years, the original version is basic but adequate. Here are some important features that encourage people to use it (many are super simple) - show most popular pages, show modified date and user, easy to compare and restore versions, different way of sorting pages (creation, modified, file name, etc.), full search possibility, possible to show (embed) a page in another page (single source of truth).
Would love to help with Sharepoint wiki development
Ole Jacob Bruserød commented
At least a table of contentes would be appreciated
Table of Contents and cleaner formatting
Collin Hunter commented
It would be nice for wikis to have a table of contents much like Wikipedia
Rory Kingan commented
Wiki editing is terrible I feel like headbutting a wall every time I need to do significant editing. So many rough edges make it horrible to work with. For example:
* bulleting and indenting text, especially when copying & pasting from within the same document, never works quite right and I have to spend minutes removing all the indenting and putting it back how it should be.
* want to add a link? type the text you want to display e.g. 'click here', select the text, press CTRL-K to open the Insert Link dialog ... wait quite a few seconds for it to appear, making you slightly frustrated ... then the Insert Link dialog has lost the fact you selected some text so you have to type it again and then paste in the link. Not a big deal if your text is 'click here' but if it's more text or you're doing lots of them it's excruciating. This works properly about 20% of the time, or maybe depends on how you've selected the text.
* select text while in edit mode and then use the keyboard (SHIFT + arrows) to expand the text selection area. Area expands in the wrong directions sometimes.
* links created to other wiki articles using [[ and ]] notation sometimes retain that notation and sometimes don't
* sometimes using [[ and ]] notation allows you to look up other articles in the wiki, sometimes it doesn't
* can't easily paste in images or drag/drop
* clicking the Edit Page link takes quite a long time to switch to edit mode. In general everything takes a few seconds when it should be much quicker, making it frustrating to deal with. (I'm on Office365)
* Try renaming 5 wiki pages in a row without wanting to hit something! Open page, wait for it to load. Click Edit page, wait about 10s. Click Page tab > Rename page wait about 10s. Enter the new page name (without being given the current name for you to just modify) and click Enter, wait about 10s. Deep breath, you're done. Now imagine you have 100 pages you want to update the naming for!
* Help > Feedback link within Wiki section (on Office365) doesn't work.
* Moving pages between folders requires enabling various different modules in Admin section and then takes AGES. Imagine you have a small wiki with say 20 pages and you want to reorganise into different folders. If you do them one-by-one it will take you over 30 mins, if you group them into fewer moves it's faster, but still the interface is cumbersome and slow and probably requires you to make a separate note about which pages to move together so it doesn't take ALL OF YOUR LIFE. Pity the person who needs to reorganise a larger wiki.
Will Shea commented
The drag and drop functionality on a Wiki Page in edit mode is an absolute mess. I am able to work through this by doing html edits. This will not work for our basic site owners. Trying to demonstrate Wiki editing to others is embarrassing it is so bad.
and maybe improve printing of Wikis : one whole chapter, one page and all its linked pages, ...
Can you please add a webpart to dynamically create table of content within a sharepoint page?
Co-authoring should be possible on Wiki pages. Actually you can get a 'Save conflict' message when another user tries to save while somebody is editing: - continue editing - merge changes - discard your changes - overwrite the page. It's not bad the idea below to enhance Wiki Features in OneNote where co-authoring is available.
Fanny V commented
What a desappointment ! Microsoft didn't work on it ! Wiki in sharepoint Online need realy to be more useful an have more possibility / Please . Think about it very quickly ...
Dan Carpenter commented
I also recommend looking at what Confluence is doing for some inspiration.
@Jakub, We were auditing our plans vs requests and noticed we had this one incorrectly marked as working on it (when we weren't yet actively doing that). So wanted to set the right expectation.
Jakub Urban commented
Changed status from Working on it to Thinking about it?