Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
feature is available to anyone with the permissions given to default members of the site—if
the home page is set to be a wiki page.
The Browse Tab The page can be in either of two modes: to be browsed like any other web
page or to be edited. When it is in browse mode, this tab displays the title area and top link
bar (complete with the search field and help icon). This tab is handy when you need to
navigate, use the search field, or get help while the ribbon bar is active.
The Page Tab This tab triggers a ribbon bar for doing tasks specifically on that page (it
does include a tab for editing the page, which acts like the Edit Page button). Tasks such as
editing the page, emailing a link to the page, setting an alert (so you’ll be notified if the page
changes), and making the page a home page (redundant in this case) are standard.
WHEN ONE THING DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THE OTHER
For a team site, the home page is actually a wiki page, and the tools in the Page ribbon reflect that,
with buttons for managing page permissions, page history, the wiki library the page is stored in,
and incoming links (which is very much a wiki thing).
If the home page were just a normal web part page, it would have a slightly different ribbon. In
such a page, the web part area can contain web parts only, so there are no extra ribbon bar tabs for
formatting text or inserting tables. The Page ribbon is all a web part page gets in edit mode and is
mostly concerned with managing that specific page (or that page’s more limited, mobile equivalent
using the Edit Mobile Page button).
However, some buttons will always be grayed out for a web part home page, such as Version History,
Workflows, or Approve/Reject. Those buttons appear on the Page ribbon of a web part home page
because web part pages, such as wiki pages, are stored in a library, where those features can be enabled,
but a web part home page stands alone and is not in a library, so they’ll never work there.
So if your users ever ask why the Page ribbons are different between the two types of home pages
or why some home page buttons are never available, now you know.
The Account Menu The Account menu, always located on the right side of the top ribbon
bar, isn’t just a display of the account currently logged in, as you can see in Figure 4.4. It’s also
a menu of user-related tasks, such as looking at and editing user information, signing in as a
different user, requesting access (so you can send an email requesting access or more
privileges), or signing out.