How to Change the Site Logo in SharePoint 2013


SharePoint 2013

It sounds like a simple task, but it’s one of the most frequent tasks performed in SharePoint. The first thing site administrators or owners want to do is stamp their site with their company logo to give it that brand or personal feel. Here is how to accomplish this task:

What You Will Need

  • A small version of your logo – preferably no taller than 65 pixels.
    • Use a transparent background when possible, so the image looks great under multiple site color themes.
  • A URL location to this logo – either by uploading it to a document library, an external site, or the “15 hive” on the file system.
    • If you select the file system within the “15 hive” (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\TEMPLATE\IMAGES), then you will need to copy the image to this location on each front-end web server in the SharePoint farm.


Starting Logo in the Top Left

Steps to Perform

Some site templates provide quick access to the icon settings page, like the far right box on a Team Site template:

Let’s take the other route. Site Actions from SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 has been replaced with a gear icon in the top right for “Settings”. Click that to get the drop down and select “Site Settings”.

For those that have worked with SharePoint 2010, this should look nearly identical. Click on “Title, description, and logo” under “Look and Feel”.

You have three choices under “Logo and Description”, pull in your image directly from your computer, from SharePoint, or just paste in the URL to the logo.

I chose “From Computer”. Note that this will put the logo in the “Site Assets” document library. Click “Ok” to finish.

**NOTE** If you added the image to the “15 hive” on the file system, then the URL location would be “/_layouts/images/yourlogo.gif” (without quotes).

End Result with New Logo



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4 Comments on “How to Change the Site Logo in SharePoint 2013”

  1. Marin Says:

    Logo can also be taller than 64px. But.. site icon (logo) has css rule max-height:64 so you have to override it.


  2. Alex Says:

    Hi Adam,

    Do you know of a way to link the custom logo to a specified URL or home page?

    For instance, when I click the logo, I would like to return to my front end SharePoint home page.

    Thanks for all of the great info!



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