Importing Web Parts in SharePoint Online

In SharePoint Online, part of Office 365 offering, the way you import web parts is done differently than the traditional methods with on-premise SharePoint installations.
The way SharePoint web parts are imported with on-premise versions is you simply navigate to the web page and in edit mode, click Insert Web Part and you get presented with nice layout of web part options together with Upload a Web Part link – quick and easy.


However, in SharePoint Online environment, when you click Insert Web Part you get the following options with Silverlight control. Unfortunately, there is NO upload a web part link to be found Sad smile.


So the way you get around this is to navigate to Site Collection Settings (or ask your Site Collection Administrator) and Web Part Galleries area.

Upload your web part file and assign the best possible group including a custom group if you wish. Once uploaded, then it becomes available to add your web part in your web page.

Hope this post saves you time if you’re faced with this situation!

Chirag is an Independent Consultant at Patel Consulting, BCS Chartered IT Professional, TOGAF Certified Architect, Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (Productivity, Data Management and Analytics) and Microsoft Service Adoption specialist based in London, UK with more than 20 years of industry experience. He works with a wide variety of clients in many sectors, designing and implementing business collaboration, data and information management solutions and services based on SharePoint and Office 365 technologies to create business value for both themselves and their customers, including UK Microsoft Gold Partners with deployment, upgrade and migration services delivery. Chirag is an active SharePoint community participant, frequent speaker at local and international events including SharePoint Saturdays (London, Cambridge, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, UK, EMEA, India) and Collab365. In 2011, for his valuable contributions to Microsoft TechNet forums he received a Microsoft Community Contributor Award. In his little spare time he enjoys cycling, cricket and participating in Charity bike rides and Duathlons. You can follow Chirag on Twitter at @techChirag and find him online at

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3 comments on “Importing Web Parts in SharePoint Online
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  2. Rich says:

    THANK YOU. Saved my life 🙂

  3. Richard Joosten says:

    Hi, I ran into the same issue, just found an easier solution:
    Temporary disable the Silverlight add-on in your browser.
    Internet options – programs – manage add-ons

    You will then get the “old” method to add web parts, which allows you to upload

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