Update Your Sharepoint Links & Bookmarks to Avoid Frustration

Update Your SharePoint Links & Bookmarks Now!

As of December 2016, all Northeastern University SharePoint sites were migrated to Office 365. If you have been using an old link or bookmark (Sharepoint.neu.edu) to access your site, it is important to update them as soon as possible.

Beginning on October 15, 2017, any link or bookmark containing Sharepoint.neu.edu will no longer redirect to your SharePoint site.

NOTE: All SharePoint links/URL should point to northeastern.sharepoint.com.

Find Your Site

To access your SharePoint site, go to northeastern.sharepoint.com. Log in using your Office 365 username and password (e.g. myNEUusername@northeastern.edu). Once you are logged in, you can search for your sites using the “Find a Site” search box and follow them for even easier access.

Click here for other ways to find your site in SharePoint.

Follow Your Site!

Following your site is another great way to access your SharePoint site with ease. To follow a site in SharePoint, simply click the “FOLLOW” star in the upper right-hand corner of your site’s homepage (see image below). This will add the site to a list of “Sites I Follow” on the northeastern.sharepoint.com homepage. This list will make it even easier to find and access your sites.

Please see the SharePoint Help Page for more information on how to find your SharePoint site in Office 365 and to ensure you have the correct URL.

How Do I know if I Have the Correct Link?

CORRECT: Current links to SharePoint contain northeastern.sharepoint.com in the URL.
(E.g. https://northeastern.sharepoint.com/sites/ITS/TeamSite/home.aspx)

WRONG: Old, incorrect links for SharePoint contain sharepoint.neu.edu.
(E.g. https://sharepoint.neu.edu/NEUsites/ITS/TeamSite/home.aspx)

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) or email Help@northeastern.edu.

SharePoint – Now Part of Office 365


As of December 2016, all Northeastern SharePoint sites have been migrated to Office 365.

This means that SharePoint, Outlook Mail & Calendar, OneDrive, and more, are all now available in one place – in the O365 cloud. Moving to SharePoint to O365 allows for tighter integration with many Microsoft applications, such as Word and Excel, and continual updating of the platform so users can take advantage of the latest technologies.

As part of the integration with other O365 applications, end users have the ability to edit and view their files directly in the browser from within SharePoint and changes are saved automatically. Additionally, it’s now easier and faster to find files, as the Search feature in SharePoint provides a preview of the document or item in the list of results.

In addition to providing an easy to manage collaboration space for a department or team, there are many other benefits to using SharePoint. SharePoint can be used to build a simple or complex system to automate tedious or inefficient tasks, streamline business process and track the status of an item such as a contract. Please see the links below for more information about this valuable service.


SharePoint Takes It Up a Notch – Office 365

Moving on up… to Office 365!

We are excited to announce Northeastern University’s upgrade to SharePoint Online this fall! We are taking advantage of the many benefits offered by SharePoint on Office 365, including;

  • Tighter Integration – Across email, Skype, OneDrive, and Microsoft applications
  • Increased Accessibility – Access your e-mail, documents, intranet – online anywhere!
  • Enhanced Experience – Improved search, navigation and an updated look and feel

It is the same as the Northeastern-hosted service you recognize, but will now be provided online as part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications. Improved performance, reliability and scalable across any browser or device – accessible just about anywhere!

Industry-Leading Collaboration Tool
SharePoint is the industry-leading collaboration and content sharing tool, used by organizations for creating team sites, file sharing and more. You can use it as a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device.

Want to learn more about SharePoint Online on Office 365? Check out these resources:

We look forward to upgrading your SharePoint experience this fall!!



New SharePoint URL Effective June 15, 2015; Weekend Outage Starting Evening Of June 12

Updated: Monday, June 15, 2015

ITS has completed updating the Northeastern SharePoint collaboration environment. The new URL – sharepoint.neu.edu – is now live.

Please review the FAQs for information on what has and has not changed. If you encounter any changes or issues not outlined below, or have any questions, contact the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) or help@northeastern.edu.

Information Technology Services (ITS) will soon be updating the Northeastern SharePoint collaboration environment and establishing a new, shorter URL for access: sharepoint.neu.edu. This is a necessary update to keep the SharePoint environment current.

To make this change, SharePoint will be unavailable from Friday, June 12, 2015 at 6 p.m. through Monday, June 15, 2015 at 6 a.m. EST. During that time, you will not be able to use either the new URL or the existing one (sharepointportal.nunet.neu.edu). Following the upgrade, the only change you will see as a SharePoint user will be the new URL. The new URL will simplify what must be typed before neu.edu. For example, if you previously visited sharepointportal.nunet.neu.edu/NEUsites/sample, the new URL would be sharepoint.neu.edu/NEUsites/sample.

Important Details

  • The user interface will remain as is – SharePoint will look and function the same as before, and there will be no changes to access and permissions within the site.
  • If you have any SharePoint pages bookmarked, you will want to update them to the new URL. Temporary redirects will be put in place so it will still be possible to access all the same information through your current bookmarks.

Following the completion of the upgrade, ITS will send an email to the Northeastern community confirming that the Northeastern SharePoint environment is available, reminding customers of the new URL. [Update 6/15/15: ITS has completed updating the Northeastern SharePoint collaboration environment. The new URL – sharepoint.neu.edu – is now live.]


What is changing?
ITS is making several updates to keep the SharePoint environment up to date. As a user, the only change you will see is the new URL:

Old = sharepointportal.nunet.neu.edu
New = sharepoint.neu.edu

Why is the URL changing?
The simplified URL will make it easier to remember and type.

What if I have certain pages/sites bookmarked?
All old URLs will redirect to the new URL, but we recommend using your existing bookmark to get to the new page, and then updating the bookmark with the new URL that appears.

Will I lose access to anything?
No. All content, permissions and management services will remain in place. The overall folder structure will remain the same.

I have a SharePoint folder in my Windows Explorer favorites that lets me access files directly, will that still work?
You will still be able to use that method to access files, but you will need to update the path by recreating the Favorites folder.

I access SharePoint files directly on my Mac through the Microsoft Document Connection, will that still work?
Microsoft Document Connection will still work with SharePoint, but you will need to use the new URL to connect to your site and update any Favorites you have saved.

Is there anything else that has changed?
There are some known issues/changes after the update. These include:

  • Calendar overlays need to be edited to reflect the new URL
  • Search results page is not displaying items from lists (documents and complete lists are displaying fine)
  • If you are using SharePoint Designer 2010, you must download and use SharePoint Designer 2013

To address these issues, please visit the “Infrastructure Updates – 6/15/15 – Known Issues” tutorials on the Northeastern SharePoint Users Group (NUSPUG) site.

For site owners:

Is there anything that I might need to update?
If you changed the default Northeastern logo (located at the top left of every site), it was overwritten with the default Northeastern logo. The setting needs to be edited to display your own logo. See this tutorial on the Northeastern SharePoint Users Group (NUSPUG) site.

Why are there extra characters next to usernames in Site Permissions?
The extra characters are part of the new method of authentication in SharePoint. You can disregard these characters.