Add a Link to a SharePoint Site in the Azure AD Access Panel

This article will walks through adding a link to a SharePoint site in the Azure AD Access Panel. This is a common request because many users prefer to go directly to a site opposed to the default SharePoint landing page.

1. Navigate to https://portal.office.com then Sign In with your Global Admin account.

2. Click the Admin icon to launch the O365 Admin Center.

3. Click Show All to expand the menu then click Admin Centers to expand the Admin Centers. Next click Azure Active Directory in the Admin Centers list.

4. In Azure Active Directory Admin Center click Azure Active Directory then click Enterprise Applications.

5. In the Enterprise Applications area click New Application.

6. In the Add an Application area click Non-Gallery Application then enter a Name for your app. In our example, our app will be named "Intranet". Once you enter your app name click Add at the bottom.

7. In the app Properties window click Properties. Here we will upload a logo for our app by clicking the blue folder icon in the Logo section. Once you add your desired logo click Save.

8. Click Users and Groups. Here you can add users if you would like the app to appear in their access panel automatically. To add users click Add User > click Users and Groups >add the desired users or groups > click Assign at the bottom.

9. Next we need to specify the URL that our app will link to. To do this click Single Sign-On then choose Linked.

10. In the Configure Sign-on URL area enter the URL of the SharePoint Site you want the app to link to. For our example, we are going to use our Sales site. After you enter your desired URL click Save.

11. Now let's test our app from the Access Panel of an assigned user. To do this have the assigned user sign into https://portal.office.com then go to the following URL. You should see your app in the list of Apps. In our example, we can see the "Intranet" app shows up for the assigned user.

https://account.activedirectory.windowsazure.com/r#/applications

12. Have the assigned user click the app to confirm it links to the correct SharePoint site or URL you chose in step 10. In our example, the assigned user will click the "Intranet" app then the Sales site loads in a new tab.

13. What if our assigned users go to https://portal.office.com opposed to https://account.activedirectory.windowsazure.com/r#/applications ? When an assigned user goes to https://portal.office.com they won't see the app on the initial landing page. For example, our assigned user does not see the "Intranet" app in the image below. Additional steps are required if the assigned user wants to access the app from https://portal.office.com. See steps 14 - 16 for more information on accessing an app from https://portal.office.com.

14. An assigned user can access the app from the https://portal.office.com landing page by clicking Explore All Your Apps. After clicking Explore All Your Apps scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and the app should be listed under Other. In our example, we can see the "Intranet" app under Other.

15. If the assigned user clicks the app launcher, they will not see the app in the Apps list automatically. To add the app to the Apps list, first click All Apps. Next, scroll to the Other section and the app should be listed here. The assigned user can add the app to the Apps list by hovering over the app then click the 3 dots and choose Pin To Launcher. In our example, the assigned user hovers over the "Intranet" app then clicks the 3 dots and chooses Pin To Launcher.

16. After the app is pinned to the app launcher, the assigned user can simply click the app launcher then choose the app as needed. In our example, the assigned user can now see the "Intranet" app after clicking the app launcher.