List views have never been great at displaying visual content. Introducing: The Gallery View in the Lists App and SharePoint.
Microsoft teased the gallery view when announcing the Lists app, but it wasn’t included at launch. They’ve just recently pushed an update that enables gallery view, so we wanted to take a look and put together some detail around how to use it.
Sometimes different content calls for different kinds of display. The standard list view is really helpful when you want to see a lot of columns and scan the content. It follows our natural reading “F-shape” pattern. But, it doesn’t do well with visual content. You’re limited to a small avatar unless you display bigger thumbnails that break up the scan-ability.
The Gallery View on the other hand is very well suited for visual content, or when you want to focus more on individual items and less on the whole list. If seeing images in that list context is helpful (maybe you want to see images of assets in an asset management list), try out the Gallery View. The Gallery View generally looks nicer, but it also creates longer pages and forces you to do more scrolling.
So what I’m trying to say is that this fancy new feature, while visually appealing, is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It works well in the right context.
If you aren’t familiar with changing the view in a list, there is a dropdown in the top right that will say something like “All Items” by default. Click that, and you’ll see a couple of options:
Select Gallery and let’s give it a look.
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