Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
This chapter goes over the interface of the home page, lists, libraries, and administrative pages
rather quickly. I am assuming that you’ve browsed the Web before, so a lot of the navigational
functionality will be somewhat familiar, and you may have used Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 at
some point, so the ribbon bars may not be that new to you. The only thing you really need to brush
up on are some of the features unique to SharePoint and the terminology.
However, if you desire more details and explanation, I have an extended version of this chapter
available online.
To get a copy of the extended version of this chapter, go to:
To see what I mean, let’s open the team site home page:
1. In the installation chapters, we created a site collection at the root address of the server.
So, open a browser that SharePoint supports, and enter the name of the server you
installed SharePoint on in the address bar (in my case, that would be http://spf2). If
you chose a different address for your site collection, enter that instead.
Keep in mind that SharePoint works best with Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher. It will open in
Firefox 3.6 and higher, or Safari 4.04 and higher, but they don’t entirely support every SharePoint
2. To see all the options available, you should log in with an account that has
administrative permissions to the site. In my case, that would be the site collection administrator
account I set up in Chapter 3, “Complete Installation” (dem0tek\shareadmin). If you are
not logged in with that account locally, you may see either a prompt to log in (depending
on how your browser is configured) or an Access Denied page with the option to log in as
a different user.
Either way, make sure you are logged in with an account that can access the site with
administrative privileges.
You may have noticed on the site’s Access Denied page that there are two links to choose from: Log
In As A Different User and Request Access. Request Access is on by default but can be disabled. It
allows a user who has been denied access to something to send a “request for access” email to the
outgoing email address specified for the site (it uses the reply-to address you set up for outgoing
email in Central Administration if you don’t specify one).
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