Home and Cabinet Pages


Home Page Overview

The NetDocuments Home Page is the page you normally start with when you log into NetDocuments. It is unique to your user account, and no other user can add items to your Home page. Certain items on the page are part of the standard NetDocuments page layout, but the Home page is also your customize-able personal "portal" to your documents, Saved Searches, cabinets, folders, discussions, and external websites. Learn how to Customize Your Home Page.

Here is an example of a Home Page:


NOTE: Update notifications, scheduled maintenance events, etc., will display at the top of the home page to notify users several days before those events occur. As you add items to your Home page, it will impact the time it takes to load the page when you login. We suggest you manage your Home page actively so as to not accumulate too many items. This applies especially to folders that you add to the Home page.

NetDocuments Display Structure

Navigation Pane

On the left hand side you will see the Navigation pane. This is used to navigate to all cabinets, folders, and workspaces in NetDocuments to which you have access. You will also see a drop-down arrow next to a cabinet name. From this drop-down menu, you can select which cabinet to navigate to.  If Workspaces have been enabled on your Cabinet, you will see the workspaces (Matters, etc.) listed below after you have selected the cabinet. You can switch back and forth between workspaces and folders. If you do not have workspaces enabled, you will only see the cabinet folder structure in the panel on the left.

Navigation Bar

NetDocuments will always display a blue ribbon called the Navigation Bar at the top of the page.  Most actions can be accomplished from this menu. The links are always available on the main pages in NetDocuments. 

Using the Search Ribbon

Add - To upload (import) existing documents into NetDocuments from a local device, OR create a new document from within NetDocuments. Add allows you to add documents to the specific folder, cabinet, or workspace you are currently in or displaying. You can also scan documents, add links, etc.

Quick Search - This can help you find the documents or folders you are looking for. To perform a Quick Search, type your search criteria directly into the search box above the Navigation Bar. For a search with more search criteria and options, you can click Advanced Search.  



Documents - Clicking on Recent Documents will take you to your recently Edited, Opened, and Added documents. From there you can perform any action on any of the documents. 

Matters - Clicking on Matters (workspaces) will show your Recent or Favorite Workspaces. 

Home - The Home link is at the beginning of the bread crumb that can be found just below the Navigation Bar. Clicking on it will always return you to your Home Page. If you do not see this link, then you are on your Home Page. 

Hovering over an item count in List View provides an exact count of items in the container or Search Results:

Personal Settings (links)

Across the top right-hand side of every main page are the Personal Settings above the Navigation Bar.  These Settings include Log Out, Settings, and Help. 


Settings contains personal account settings which you define when using NetDocuments such as changing your email or password, installing Office Integrations, etc. Learn more about user account Settings.

Help is a valuable component of the NetDocuments Service. It provides all of the documentation for using NetDocuments.  We urge you to become familiar with it and use it as your first resource when needing assistance with the NetDocuments Service. 

Logout is to be used when you are finished using NetDocuments for a period of time.  It clears out any temporary cookies and also prompts you to check in any documents that you may not have checked in already.  If you forget to use the button, everything will still work OK.  The cookies automatically expire after a short time period.

Hover Options 

When you hover over an item, a menu icon (MenuIcon.png) appears to the right of the name. Select the icon to view the options available for that document.

On the Home Page you may also use the right-click to see other options. You can customize this list to include the Options you most frequently use. You do this by right clicking on a document and select Customize Menu. In this menu, you can drag and drop Options to customize which ones appear in the right click menu. Learn how to Custom the Right-Click Menu.

Cabinet Page Overview

Each Cabinet also has an associated Cabinet page which is managed and designed by the Cabinet Administrator. 

A Cabinet Administrator may want to post links on the Cabinet page to web sites that are used frequently by members of your company. Your Home Page and the Organization's Cabinet Page are almost identical with one key difference: the Home Page is controlled by the individual user and the Cabinet Page is controlled by the Cabinet Administrator and is visible to all members of the cabinet.

The Cabinet Administrator can add firm-wide documents and folders to the Cabinet Page to can make them easily accessible to all cabinet users.

At the top of the Navigation pane, clicking the word "Cabinet" will navigate you to the Cabinet Page of the cabinet you have selected. Since cabinet pages function similar to Home Pages, the information in this article for adding items generally applies to both the Home Page and the Cabinet Page. However, to add an item to the Cabinet page, you will right-click on the star next to the item that you are adding to the Cabinet page. This will give you the option to add the item to the cabinet page.

To remove an item from the cabinet page, hover over the item, then click the round options button that appears. You'll see an option to "remove from page." 

NOTE: If you are an External User and have never changed your Home Page AND you belong to only one Cabinet, you will start on the Cabinet page instead of your Home Page whenever you login to NetDocuments.