The following sections describe typical
If Office is not installed on your computer, clicking the Discuss link under a document title on the dashboard site activates the Web Discussions toolbar, a custom SharePoint Portal Server ASP toolbar. If you are using Office XP, clicking the Discuss link activates the Online Collaboration toolbar. If you are using Office 2000, clicking the Discuss link activates the Web Discussions toolbar.
In Office 2000, you have the option of using either the Online Collaboration toolbar that is included with Office and added to Internet Explorer, or the Web Discussions toolbar that is included with SharePoint Portal Server.
The Online Collaboration toolbar and the Web Discussions toolbar may use different Web discussions servers, resulting in multiple discussions. For more information about how to prevent this behavior from happening, see Strategies for Web Discussions Configurations.
If you enabled the
toolbar the last time you used Internet Explorer, both the
toolbar may be
This section describes the variety of ways you can add discussion items to a document by using Office 2000 and Internet Explorer.
In Internet Explorer, you can only insert inline discussion items for HTML files.
In Office XP, you can use the
button from Internet Explorer or any Office application to open the
toolbar. When you click the
link under the document title in the dashboard site, the
toolbar opens. Regardless of how you choose to access the Web discussion, Office XP automatically specifies the active document's server as the Web discussion server if it can identify that server as a valid Web discussions server. In the case of a document that is stored on a SharePoint Portal Server computer, the associated computer depends on the combination of Web discussions settings on the server in addition to the location of the document. If Office determines that the server on which the document is located is not a valid Web discussions server, you are prompted to provide the
Office XP uses the designated server for all
This section describes a variety of ways that you can add discussion items to a document using Office XP and Internet Explorer.
If Office is not installed on your computer or if you use Netscape as your Web browser, you can click the Discuss link under a document on the dashboard site to open the Web Discussions toolbar. By using this toolbar, you can insert comments about a document, but you cannot insert inline discussion items.
To use Web discussions from a computer without Office installed, you must enable Web discussions in this workspace. For more information, see Variables Affecting Web Discussions earlier in this chapter.
In Internet Explorer, you can insert Web discussions items for HTML documents directly in the browser window. For other file types (such as .BMP files), you are prompted to open or save the file. If you choose to open the file, it is opened in a separate discussion window by using the associated application. You can then discuss the file in your browser using the Web Discussions toolbar while viewing the file in the separate window.
In Netscape, you are prompted to open or save the file. If you choose to open the file, it is opened in a separate window by using the associated application. You can then discuss the file in your browser using the Web Discussions toolbar while viewing the file in the separate window.