SP 2013: Tip – Change the "SharePoint" text in the top left corner.

Author: Tobias Zimmergren
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In my previous post (http://zimmergren.net/technical/sp-2013-some-new-delegatecontrol-additions-to-the-sharepoint-2013-master-pages) I talked about how you could use the new delegate controls in the master page (seattle.master) to modify a few things in the SharePoint UI, including the text in the top left corner saying "SharePoint". If your goal is simply to change the text, or hardcode a link without the need for any code behind, you could do it even easier with PowerShell.

Changing the SharePoint text to something else using PowerShell





PowerShell Snippet

$webApp = Get-SPWebApplication http://tozit-sp:2015
$webApp.SuiteBarBrandingElementHtml = "Awesome Text Goes Here"



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  • Daniel Bugday

    Nice one!

    • http://www.zimmergren.net/ Tobias Zimmergren

      Thanks Daniel!

  • Dali

    So, how do you do the same thing in Office 365 cloud?

  • CBL

    How do we get that text to not be so close to the left.. it looks really weird I think.

    • http://www.zimmergren.net/ Tobias Zimmergren

      You can do that either using only CSS or you can customize the text as I describe above and put your own HTML in there, including any styles or cssclasses you’d like.

  • Caroline

    Nice one, thanks!
    I adjusted it a bit though:

    $webApp.SuiteBartBrandingElementHtml=’Awesome Text Goes Here’

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  • George

    Awesome Tips, Thanks!

    • http://www.zimmergren.net/ Tobias Zimmergren

      Rock and roll!

  • Nina

    Hello .. awesome tip .. however i’ve ran the scripts times & times again .. but no change .. iisreset /noforce … nothing .. SharePoint text is still there .. any clue ??

    • http://www.zimmergren.net/ Tobias Zimmergren

      Hi Nina,
      Does the logs state anything about the execution? Do you get any output in the PS console window?
      I’ve done this several times in multiple production environments and it works every time so I guess it’s environment-specific for your case.

  • Jan

    Thanks for this. The script runs fine on all my web applications however on 1 webapp the text do not change and the default value “SharePoint” remains. No erros in the script and ULS shows that some powershell is run aswell. Through powershell the correct value is returned if I type: $webApp.SuiteBarBrandingElementHtml

  • kawie95

    I got my MySite web application and set this to a hyperlink to my Intranet web application. I added a class to make the a:visited white, then removed the padding-left on the a tag:

    $webapp= Get-SPWebApplication https://mysite
    $webapp.SuiteBarBrandingElementHtml = “[div class=””ms-core-brandingText””][a class=””ms-core-suiteLink-a”” href=””https://intranet”” style=””padding-left:0px””]Intranet[/a][/div]”

    You have to replace [ ] with in the above code, since this blog translates the HTML to safe characters.
    Also note how I escaped the quotes “”

    • kawie95

      $webapp= Get-SPWebApplication https://mysite
      $webapp.SuiteBarBrandingElementHtml = “[div class=””ms-core-brandingText””][a class=””ms-core-suiteLink-a”” href=””https://intranet”” style=””padding-left:0px””]Intranet[/a][/div]”
      replace the [ ] with for HTML tags

    • Lance

      lifesaver, without the additional markup the new text is almost impossible to style. Thanks for completing this solution.

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  • Tarik

    how to do that for Office 365

  • Tarik

    Thanks Tobias !
    Can we do the same for Office 365? Or we have to use Java script? not getting anywhere with Office 365….

  • Arshman Syed Ali

    Hello.. changes are not been done to my home page and some apps.. need your kind help..

    • http://www.zimmergren.net/ Tobias Zimmergren

      Hi Arshman,
      What problems are you facing, what are you trying to do and what have you tried?

      • Arshman Syed Ali

        I have changed the branding text by using the power shell command you have given above.. so branding text has been update on some of the portal pages but not on all pages.. like my home page is still showing Sharepoint..

  • Danilo Anderson Nogueira

    How can I change the “Working On It” text?

  • Renan Morada

    Is it possible to put an image/logo in place of the text?