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New Home Screen layout/functionality



I am not thrilled with thew new home screen layout. Mainly because the feature of right clicking on a sheet/project will not allow you to open in a new tab/window. I like to keep the home screen open so I can access other sheets and opening them in a new tab.

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  • Julie Becker
    Julie Becker ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @Lara Lehnerz

    As much as i agree with you, i stopped waiting for Smartsheets to respond, not to mention leave things like this alone, so i wanted to share a solution that i currently do to help you during this time or until they fix the issue you present.

    See image below as a temporarily solution to your situation (just wanted to help). Instead of using/relying on the Home Icon/Button at the the top, i teach all our current users to use either the fav. button (star) or the folders button to navigate around. The home button doesnt help most people and although i tried to give it the bennefit of the doubt, it was never going to meet my needs, so i gave up using it.

    Maybe this is helpful or maybe you already know how to do this below, but in case you dont, i hope it can at least make your situation a little more user friendly for time being. If not, that is ok, maybe others can benefit from this, but either way, from my experience with Smartsheets UI Changes, 99% of the time, it wont EVER revert back unless it has a major impact on the programs future features or a massive amount of people quickly complain from all levels of accounts (Enterprise to Free). Since i dont see many posts about this, either people dont use the Home button (use one of the 2 i mentioned earlier), or they dont require the need to always open in a new tab. I know with Firefox (FF), you can force any new link you click on to ALWAYS open in a new tab (so thats an option if you want - tested myself)

    Below are a few links to browser settings (listed keyboard shortcuts / tricks for each browser)

    Google Chrome Feature Shortcuts / Keyboard Tricks:
    1. Press Ctrl and Click a link: Opens the link in a new tab in the background (CTRL + Left Mouse Button).

    Microsoft Edge - Open Links In New Tab Automatically:

    1. Set Edge To Open Links: This shows you how to change the IE settings to always open in new tabs

    Firefox - Open Links In New Tab Automatically:

    1. Firefox Settings: This link shows you how to change your browsers settings to open in new tabs.

    Julie Becker ☠️

    Construction Project Engineer / Coordinator & Software Program Oversight Mgr. 😉

    Successful People Are Not Gifted; They Just Work Hard, Then Succeed On Purpose‼️

  • Lara Lehnerz
    Lara Lehnerz ✭✭✭✭
    edited 06/17/24

    Hi Julie,

    Thank you so much for the response and list of workarounds. I am aware the Browse (file folder icon) feature to right click and open in a new tab. We are mainly Google Chrome users, which I didn't know the Ctrl + Click option. That solves my issue and thank you so much.

    I would still like to express my dislike of the whole new restructure of the Home page though. The previous look and feel was much better. I am only saying this for the Solutions team to maybe change it back in the near future. But from what you are saying that is unlikely, which is unfortunate.

    Thanks again, I do appreciate your assistance and suggestions!