Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
There are several ways to get back to the home page. You can click any of these:
The Home tab in the top link bar, below the title area. (In our case, the Home tab is the only
one there because there are no other sites in this site collection.)
The name of the site itself in the title breadcrumb.
The Navigate Up button in the top ribbon bar. (Then click the name of the site there.)
Note that, with the breadcrumb and the Navigate Up button, the name of the site is
synonymous with the home page.
Click whichever navigation option you’d like to get back to the home page to continue to
explore the only web part there: Shared Documents.
On the Shared Documents web part, below the title, is a set of columns from the document
library’s list (essentially a summary view). You can filter the contents by these columns just like you
could in the list (or library) by clicking the column heading titles (which will trigger a drop down
menu with filter options). At the bottom of the web part can be an Add Document icon and link,
which works like the Upload Document button in the ribbon for the library. For most lists, that link
is an Add Item link and triggers the New Item form box so you can enter a new list item right there.
As you can see, a List View web part allows you to quickly view what’s in the library
or list, add a new item or document immediately, or go to the list or library itself in case
you need to do more than what is offered on the home page. To add to that, this version of
SharePoint allows you to activate the list or library’s ribbon bars right from the home page by
just selecting the web part.
So, we’ve checked out the one web part available on the Team Site home page. Now it’s time
to get into the nitty-gritty of adding, removing, moving, and modifying web parts. Once you’ve
learned the basics on the home page, wiki or not, you can apply that knowledge to any other
page that can accept web parts.
WORD DOCUMENTS AND WIKI PAGES…THE SIMILARITIES ARE STRIKING
Just as a reminder, the rich content area of a Team Site template home page is meant to contain text,
inserted tables, pictures, and even files (convenient if someone wrote something in a document
and you just want to add it to the home page), as well as web parts.
When inserting anything into a rich content area, you need to put your insertion point where you want
the content you are inserting to go. Even web parts will be added to wherever the insertion point is.
It’s a sort of point of landing for whatever you are inserting, text or not. Also, when you are dragging
selected objects around the rich content area, remember that nothing can be dropped where there isn’t
already a paragraph mark or insertion point. I realize, in that case, that being able to view nonprinting
characters would be nice, but sadly the Format Text ribbon doesn’t have that option available.
Adding text, formatting it, inserting tables, pictures, and so on, into a wiki-rich content page is just like
working in a Word document (or Publisher for that matter). And because of that, I am going to assume
you already know how to do it. That said, there are some great things you can do with the “wikiness”
of the home page to make it more visually interesting. And if that is the case, you might want to explore
the Format Text ribbon to familiarize yourself with what it can do for you.