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Chapter 4
Introduction to the
SharePoint Interface
When you look at a SharePoint site for the first time, you might think it looks like a normal
website—and it does. The beauty of SharePoint is its simple usefulness as well as its versatility. At first
glance, you can see many of SharePoint’s standard features. Most of the attributes of a SharePoint
web page are focused on ease of navigation and consistency of design. It may not be a blinking,
glittering extravaganza of art and animation, but it gets the job done.
Remember that the point of SharePoint is to be easy for users to navigate and understand,
while being really flexible for administrators. Consider it a framework—filled with potential but
not truly complete until you make it your own.
Microsoft has particular terminology for most of SharePoint’s web page features and
attributes, which I will point out as we go. This will give us a common language to work with for
the rest of the topic when referring to web page features and attributes. For the few objects or
features that have no official term, I’ll establish one for the remainder of the topic.
From the start, let’s look at the interface of the SharePoint top-level site we created when
installing SharePoint (either Standalone or Complete). I chose to use the Team Site template for my
top-level site because it is a good, standard starting point for most site collections. It has the most
commonly used lists, libraries, and web parts, as well as standard navigation tools that are a good
introduction point for all things SharePoint. In Chapter 9, “Sites, Subsites, and Workspaces,” you
will look at the other templates available for sites straight out of SharePoint’s box.
In this chapter, you’ll learn how to
Identify SharePoint’s navigation tools and understand how to use them
Find a list or library
Use the Quick Launch bar
Use the ribbon bar
Understand a content page
The Team Site Home Page
The home page of any site is like the foyer of a building. It is intended to be the entrance
everyone uses to get into the site. It has navigational elements, much like a building directory, that
allow you to see at a glance where else you can go in the site and how to get there. In addition,
like a bulletin board in a foyer, the home page has an area to display announcements and other
information that the administration might think visitors would find important.
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