Navigate at the Speed of Lightning!
In the improved navigation model, the navigation menu that previously displayed on the side of Lightning Experience becomes a horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page, letting your users:
- Find what they need using item names instead of icons for easy recognition
- Complete actions and access recent records and lists with a single click
- Use a consistent and familiar navigation experience
Think of the navigation bar as a container for a set of items and functionality. It’s always there, but the items within it change to represent the app you’re using.
- The app name displays on the left side of the navigation bar (1), and custom colors and branding (2) make each app unique and easy to identify.
- Your users can access other items and apps by clicking the App Launcher icon (3) or the app name.
- Your users can create records and access recent records and lists directly from the navigation bar (4) for certain items like Opportunities.
- If your org uses utility features, you can enable a utility bar in your app that allows instant access to productivity tools, like integrated voice, in the Lightning Experience footer.
Find Items and Apps in the App Launcher
We’ve redesigned the App Launcher to make it easy for your users to switch between apps and access their available items and features. The App Launcher is so central to navigating Lightning Experience, we’ve moved it so that it’s always within easy reach on the left side of the navigation bar.
It’s All About Apps
Similar to Salesforce Classic, apps in Lightning Experience (what we call Lightning apps) give your users access to sets of objects, tabs, and other items all in one convenient bundle in the navigation bar. However, Lightning apps take things to a level beyond apps in Salesforce Classic (let’s call those Classic apps). Lightning apps let you brand your apps with a custom color and logo. You can even include a utility bar and Lightning page tabs in your Lightning app.
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This is your go-to place for managing apps for Lightning Experience. It shows all your connected apps and Salesforce apps, both Classic and Lightning.
- Create Lightning apps or connected apps (5)
- See if your Classic apps are accessible to your users in Lightning Experience (6)
- Edit, delete, or upgrade Classic apps to take advantage of all the benefits of apps in Lightning Experience (7)
Creating and editing a Lightning app is a cinch. Give your app a name, set its primary color, upload a logo, specify which items appear in the app’s navigation bar, and assign the app to user profiles. If your org includes utilities like Lightning Voice or Open CTI Softphone, you see options to add them to your app’s utility bar, which displays in the Lightning Experience footer.
What Happens to Existing Customizations?
If you’ve already created navigation menus for Lightning Experience, these menus are converted to Lightning apps when your org is upgraded to Winter ’17.
Classic apps work in Lightning Experience without any modifications, and you can upgrade them to take advantage of custom branding and the enhanced navigation features available in Lightning Experience.
When you upgrade a Classic app for Lightning Experience, your Classic app is copied, so you see two versions: a Classic app and a Lightning app. The two versions are now managed separately. Changes you make to the Classic app aren’t reflected in the Lightning version, and vice versa. Lightning apps aren’t available in Salesforce Classic.