Edit an existing topic in Microsoft Viva Topics

In Viva Topics, you can edit an existing topic. You might need to do this if you want to correct or add additional information to an existing topic page.


While information in a topic that is gathered by AI is security trimmed, the topic description and people information that you manually add when editing an existing topic is visible to all users who have permissions to view topics.


To edit an existing topic, you need to:

  • Have a Viva Topics license.
  • Have permissions to create or edit topics. Knowledge admins can give users this permission in the Viva Topics topic permissions settings.


Users who have permission to manage topics in the topic center (knowledge managers) already have permissions to create and edit topics.

How to edit a topic page

Users who have the Who can create or edit topics permission can edit a topic by opening the topic page from a topic highlight, and then selecting the Edit button on the top right of the topic page. The topic page can also be opened from the topic center home page where you can find all the topics that you have a connection to.

Screenshot showing the Edit button.

Knowledge managers can also edit topics directly from the Manage topics page by selecting the topic, and then selecting Edit in the toolbar.

Screenshot showing Edit topic on Manage topics page.

To edit a topic page

  1. On the topic page, select Edit. This lets you make changes as needed to the topic page.

    Screenshot showing the Edit button on the topic page.

  2. In the Alternate names section, type any other names that the topic might be referred to.

    Screenshot showing the Alternate names section.

  3. In the Description section, type a couple of sentences that describes the topic. Or if a description already exists, update it if needed.

    Screenshot showing the Description section.

  4. In the Pinned people section, you can "pin" a person to show them as having a connection the topic (for example, an owner of a connected resource). Begin by typing their name or email address in the Add a new user box, and then selecting the user you want to add from the search results. You can also "unpin" them by selecting the Remove from list icon on the user card.

    Screenshot showing the Add pinned people section.

    The Suggested people section shows users that AI thinks might be connected to the topic from their connection to resources about the topic. You can change their status from Suggested to Pinned by selecting the pin icon on the user card.

    Screenshot showing pinning suggested people.

  5. In the Pinned files and pages section, you can add or "pin" a file or SharePoint site page that is associated to the topic.

    Screenshot showing the Pinned files and pages section.

    To add a new file, select Add, select the SharePoint site from your Frequent or Followed sites, and then select the file from the site's document library.

    You can also use the From a link option to add a file or page by providing the URL.


    Files and pages that you add must be located within the same Microsoft 365 tenant. If you want to add a link to an external resource in the topic, you can add it through the canvas icon in step 9.

  6. The Suggested files and pages section shows files and pages that AI suggests to be associated to the topic.

    Screenshot showing the Suggested files and pages section.

    You can change a suggested file or page to a pinned file or page by selecting the pinned icon.

  7. In the Pinned sites section, you can add or “pin” a site that is associated to the topic.

    Screenshot showing the Pinned sites section.

    To add a new site, select Add and then either search for the site, or select it from your list of Frequent or Recent sites.

    Screenshot showing Add or remove a pinned site section.

  8. The Suggested sites section shows the sites that AI suggests to be associated to the topic.

    Screenshot of Suggested sites section

    You can change a suggested site to a pinned site by selecting the pinned icon.

  1. You can also add static items to the page — such as text, images, or links - by selecting the canvas icon, which you can find below the short description. Selecting it will open the SharePoint toolbox from which you can choose the item you want to add to the page.

    Screenshot showing the Canvas icon.

  2. Select Publish or Republish to save your changes. Republish will be your available option if the topic has been published previously.