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How to use the Highlighted Content web part on modern SharePoint pages

The Highlighted Content web part is modern SharePoint’s answer to the classic Content Search and Content Query Web Parts. New features will be coming to this web part based on what we learned at Ignite 2017, but there are some great solutions you can build today.

Highlighted Content — a great tool for helpful solutions

Highlighted Content is available only on modern SharePoint pages. The basic configuration available with the web part allows you to roll up content in an individual site, a document library on a site, or across an entire tenant based primarily on the type of content: News, Documents, Pages, Video, Images, etc.

It also allows you to filter content based on simple properties, such as words in the tile, content or items recently added, or more complex terms like managed properties such as the Filename or Modified date. I’ve seen some folks complaining about things that you can’t yet do, but I prefer to focus on what you can do right now with this great web part. Here are a few solutions that I’ve been finding quite useful using this web part.

Summary of news articles by “Type”

There is no really easy way yet to add metadata to modern pages. Yes, that’s inconvenient, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to build helpful solutions that use metadata. As an example, we have several scenarios on one of my projects where site owners want to create a page that “features” different types of news articles, for example, People Spotlight (articles that feature a story about a person on the team) or Tech Talks (articles that feature a tip or advice about a product or service). Here are a few ways we have implemented this outcome:

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