How to add Promoted Links to your site
Step by Step Instructions
A quite useful usability feature that I highly recommend for your SharePoint sites is called Promoted Links. It is a great way to make it more user-friendly for your end users and break away from stale out of the box look bullet pointed feel.
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What are SharePoint Tiles or SharePoint Promoted Links?
SharePoint Promoted Links Web Part is essentially a list of graphic icons you link to URLs for easy access to certain functions. For example, in the screenshot below, SharePoint Promoted Links are used to link images to certain document libraries. The user can obviously still click on those libraries via regular means (i.e. Quick Launch or Site Contents), but it is a powerful visual aid to click on icons.
How to setup Promoted links
Setting up SharePoint Tiles is quite easy. First, you need to create/add a web part to your site. To do this, go to Site Contents, Add an App, and choose Promoted Links Web Part).
While in Site Contents, click on the web part to configure it. You will get this unfriendly statement below, but that is obviously because you have yet to configure it first.
Click on All Promoted Links View (you can also get to this view via List Settings on the web part configuration ribbon. This will open up a list where you configure your SharePoint Tiles. Essentially, on every row, you need to associate your icon to a URL it will point to.
Once all is set and done, go to the site where you want to add your cool icons. Edit the page and insert the Promoted Links web parts, just like any other web part. Make sure to select Tiles view and here you have it – a nice and user-friendly interface for your SharePoint site!