Windows SharePoint Services provides a powerful set of tools for information sharing and document collaboration.
SharePoint Web sites provide places to capture and share ideas, information, knowledge, communication, and documents.
You can access content stored within a SharePoint site from both a Web browser and through desktop applications, such as Microsoft Office.
There are varying levels of integration between different versions of Microsoft Office and Windows SharePoint Services, with Microsoft Office 2007 providing the
Access to a SharePoint site is controlled through a role-based system predicated on permission levels. The five default permission levels are Read, Contribute, Design, Full Control, and Limited.
SharePoint Server 2007 is built upon Windows SharePoint Services. In addition to Windows SharePoint Services functionality, SharePoint Server 2007 provides significant additional
Windows SharePoint Services, SharePoint Server 2007, and SharePoint Designer 2007 are known collectively as SharePoint Products and Technologies.
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Chapter at a Glance
Navigate the site content, page 16. Customize the top link bar, page 28. Customize the left navigation panel, page 31. Understand Web Part pages, page 35.
Navigate the home page and the SharePoint site.
Navigate the site hierarchy.
Browse the lists on a SharePoint site.
Browse the document libraries.
Cutomize the site navigation.
Use the Recycle Bin.
Understand Web Part Pages.
A typical Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Web site provides you with an infrastructure where your team can communicate, share documents and data, and work together. Different types of SharePoint sites have different
Document, picture, and form libraries are collections of files that you share and work on with your team
Lists With SharePoint lists, you and your team members can work with structured, tabular data on the Web site. A typical team site includes four built-in lists: Announcements, Calendar, Links, and Tasks. Other lists are provided by Windows SharePoint Services that you can add to your site if required. You can also create custom lists.
Surveys Surveys provide a way of polling team members. SharePoint sites don’t have a built-in survey, but you can create your own.
Recycle Bin The Recycle Bin allows you to restore items that have been deleted from the site.
In this chapter, you will learn how to navigate the SharePoint site infrastructure. You will start with the home page of a typical SharePoint site and then learn how to browse the site hierarchy. You will also learn how to navigate lists and libraries on your SharePoint site and customize navigation, as well as understand the concepts of Web Part Pages.
Before you can use the practice sites provided for this chapter, you need to install them from the book’s companion CD to their default locations. See “Using the Book’s CD” on page xix for more information.
Remember to use your SharePoint site location in place of http://wideworldimporters in the exercises .