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to show off its new and improved wiki pages by using one as the home page for the site. This
gives us an opportunity to both explore a wiki home page and its web parts and get a head start
on mastering wiki pages in general.
Exploring a Web Part
If you are following my example, you should be on the home page of the SharePoint site, in
my case http://SPF2, for this chapter. You may need to log in (be sure to use an
administrative account, such as the site collection administrator). I logged in using my SharePoint Admin
shareadmin ) account that I created in the installation chapters. (
On the home page, you should see the top ribbon bar, title area, Quick Launch bar, and web
part/rich content area. In the rich content area, there is, sadly, only one web part available—
Shared Documents (Figure 5.1). This is a List View web part displaying the contents of the Shared
Documents library (which is also listed on the Quick Launch bar on the left side of the page, for
your convenience).
FIGURE 5.1
The Shared
Documents web part on
the home page
The rest of that central area is considered a rich content area (or wiki page), so you can edit
it like a Word document, adding images, formatting text, and so on. This means the text above
the Shared Documents web part, the picture across from it, and even the list of links below the
picture are all just stuff on the wiki page itself, not web parts.
Web parts are usually dynamic. They show the contents of something, such as a list, library,
or folder (all of which can change as their contents change). Web parts aren’t usually just for
looking pretty, although they can be if that’s what you want.
A List View web part has a title that corresponds with the title of the list or library it’s
displaying, an area below the title where (as you can see with the Shared Documents web part in
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