Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Web Part Area/Rich Content In the center right of the page is the web part area. For the
team site, because it uses new wiki page capabilities, that area is able to contain web parts as
well as rich text, inserted images, and tables—whatever a Microsoft Word document could
contain. (It’s essentially a Word document configured with a text layout of two columns by
default.) And because of that, on a team site home page, the web part area is called a rich
content area. This area is intended to contain a bulletin board of things, such as announcements,
calendars, and other information that would be worthwhile to users accessing the site.
WEB PARTS?
Web parts are little ASP.NET controls designed to display the content of a page, list, folder, library,
or whatever. Unassumingly powerful, web parts can actually pull data to display almost anything
displayable from the Internet and more. Out of the box, there are web parts that display a summary
view for each list and library created in SharePoint (and more). They give you an “at-a-glance” view
of new entries for the list they contain and an opportunity to check out the entry or list with a single
click. We’ll be doing more with web parts in Chapter 5, “Introduction to Web Parts.”
Top Ribbon Bar Details
On the top link bar, a few features need explaining:
The Site Actions Menu The Site Actions menu is security-filtered, meaning that what it
displays depends on the permissions of the logged-in account—all possible options or only
those allowed for that user. It is also the only straightforward place where you can access the
administrative settings for the site; if there is no Site Actions menu, there is no easy way to
get to the site settings.
For a site administrator, the Site Actions menu contains the following (shown in Figure 4.3):
FIGURE 4.3
The Site Actions
menu
 
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