Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
OTHER WEB PARTS BUTTONS
Because this chapter is about exploring web parts, I am primarily going to focus on the Web Parts
button on the Insert ribbon. However, the two other buttons in the Web Parts section are Existing
Lists and New List.
Existing Lists will open a web part workspace, just like the Web Parts button will—but there will
be no category. It will display only existing list or library web parts.
New List is an interesting button. Rather than creating a new list for the sake of use (well, primary
use) on its own content pages, you can create a list or library on the fly here in edit mode on the home
page purely to put its List View web part on the home page. The New List button will open a little
Create List pop-up box so you can enter a new title for your list and choose from the list templates
there to apply to the new list.
The next chapter is dedicated to all things list (as the one after it is about libraries), so it would be
redundant, and unnecessary, to get distracted by making new lists here. And that’s why we’re
focusing on just doing web parts for now.
E X P L O R I N G W H A T W E B P A R T S A R E A V A I L A B L E O U T O F T H E B O X
Before we drop any web parts on the page, let’s take a moment to briefly explore what web parts
there are available by default in SharePoint Foundation on a Team Site. Keep in mind that if you
didn’t use the Team Site template for your site, you might have different lists or libraries
available by default.
Lists and Libraries
The first category of web parts available in the web part workspace is Lists And Libraries. For each
list or library created, there is a List View web part, which is a web part specifically designed to
display the contents of a list or library. In fact, a content page for a list or library is really nothing more
than a web part page containing one web part—the web part for that particular list or library. Thus,
every list or library needs its own web part. But that requirement also makes it possible to have a
list or library’s contents displayed practically anywhere on a site, making it especially easy to add
relevant lists or libraries to the home page, for the users’ convenience.