In SharePoint 2016, the App Launcher replaces the Site Tabs. In the System Dashboard, the App Launcher settings allow you to set what tiles display in the App Launcher.

From here you can add tiles to display in the app launcher or edit existing tiles. You can also search for tiles or see what tiles different users can see.

Edit a Tile

To edit a tile:

  • Click the arrow beside the tile you wish to edit to expand its settings.

Edit the fields as follows:

Field NameDescription
NameThis field shows the name of the tile as it displays in the App Launcher. To change the name of the tile, edit this field.
URLThis field is the URL the tile will go to when clicked.
IconSelect an icon to display in the App Launcher.
URL MatchSee section About URL Match below. The URL Match section is to set a page title as a tile label. It works only on internal pages and does not apply for external links (though you can link to external links using the app launcher).
Target AudienceClick +Add Target Audience to limit an App or URL so that only specific user groups can see it in their App Launcher.
  • When you are done, click the Save button to save your changes.

About URL Match

  • The URL Match section is to set a page title as a tile label. It works only on internal pages and does not apply for external links (though you can link to external links using the app launcher). If the current URL of a page matches the Match Rule field, the page title will be set as the label of that tile. This is a complex setting, intended for advanced users only.

  • The URL Match has the following settings:
SettingDescription
NoneThis is the default setting. No page will use this tile’s label as title.
Begins With

This rule checks to see if the current url begins with given string (ignores protocol):

Example Rule: portal.scholantis.com/my

Contains

This rule checks to see if current url contains given string:

Example Rule: scholantis/admin

Wildcard

This rule uses a wildcard search pattern ( where “*” can be used in place of any string including empty string)

Example Rule */class/*/ _Layouts/*.aspx

Regular Expression

This rule uses the Regular Expression syntax (http://www.rexegg.com/regex-quickstart.html)

  • In the Match Rule field, enter the string to use with given type (shown above).
  • The Match Test field is just a test field to help you see if the provided type and rule will match or not match any url. The value in this field is not saved and does not affect the match behavior. 

Example 1: Match

Example 2: No Match


  • If an invalid syntax is used in the Match Rule, an error displays. (Regular Expression Only) This error must be resolved before you can save.

Example 3: Regular Expression Error