Create UX components in SharePoint

The model for SharePoint Add-ins offers many UX components and mechanisms that help you build a great user experience in SharePoint Add-ins. The user experience in the add-in model is also flexible enough to let you use the techniques and platforms that best adapt to the needs of end users.

The following table lists resources to help you learn about creating and using UX components in add-ins.

Resources and guidance for creating UX components in SharePoint Add-ins

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Use a SharePoint website's style sheet in SharePoint Add-ins You can reference the style sheet of a SharePoint website in your SharePoint Add-in and use it to style your webpages by using the style sheet in SharePoint. In addition, if someone changes the SharePoint website's style sheet or theme, you can adopt the new set of styles in your add-in without modifying the style sheet reference in your add-in.
Use the client chrome control in SharePoint Add-ins The chrome control in SharePoint enables you to use the header styling of a specific SharePoint site in your add-in without needing to register a server library or use a specific technology or tool. To use this functionality, you must register a SharePoint JavaScript library through a standard <script> tag. You can provide a placeholder by using an HTML div element and further customize the control by using the available options. The control inherits its appearance from the specified SharePoint website.
Create add-in parts to install with your SharePoint Add-in With add-in parts, you can show your add-in user experience right in the host web. An add-in part displays your add-in content using an IFrame. End users can customize the experience using the custom properties that you can provide for your add-in part. The add-in webpage receives the custom property values through parameters in the query string.
Create custom actions to deploy with SharePoint Add-ins When you are creating a SharePoint Add-in, custom actions let you interact with the lists and the ribbon in the host web. A custom action deploys to the host web when end users install your add-in. Custom actions can open a remote webpage and pass information through the query string. Two types of custom actions are available for add-ins: Ribbon and Edit Control Block.
Customize a list view in SharePoint Add-ins using client-side rendering Client-side rendering provides a mechanism that you can use to produce your own output for a set of controls that are hosted on a SharePoint page. This mechanism enables you to use well-known technologies, such as HTML and JavaScript, to define the rendering logic of SharePoint list views. In client-side rendering, you can specify your own JavaScript resources and host them in the data storage options available to your add-ins, such as a document library.
Use the client-side People Picker control in SharePoint-hosted SharePoint Add-ins The client-side People Picker control lets users quickly search for and select valid user accounts for people, groups, and claims in their organization. The picker is an HTML and JavaScript control that provides cross-browser support.
Highlight content and enhance the functionality of SharePoint-hosted SharePoint Add-ins with the callout control The SharePoint callout control provides a flexible way to engage your user and showcase your SharePoint-hosted app's functionality. This article shows you how to construct this control, add it to your page, and customize its appearance and behavior.
Include a web part in a webpage on the add-in web How to include a web part on a page in a SharePoint Add-in.

Next steps: Working with data in SharePoint Add-ins

Have you finished designing a great UX for your add-in? Incorporate data with the mechanisms available to you in the model for SharePoint Add-ins. For more information, see Work with external data in SharePoint.

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