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SharePoint 2013 For Dummies

By: Ken Withee Published: 04-22-2013

The bestselling guide on running SharePoint, now updated to cover all the new features of SharePoint 2013

SharePoint Portal Server is an essential part of the enterprise infrastructure for many businesses. Building on the success of previous versions of SharePoint For Dummies, this new edition covers all the latest features of SharePoint 2013 and provides you with an easy-to-understand resource for making the most of all that this version has to offer. You'll learn how to get a site up and running, branded, and populated with content, workflow, and management. In addition, this new edition includes essential need-to-know information for administrators, techsumers, and page admins who want to leverage the cloud-hosted features online, either as a standalone product or in conjunction with an existing SharePoint infrastructure.

  • Walks you through getting a SharePoint site up and running effectively and efficiently
  • Explains ongoing site management and offers plenty of advice for administrators who want to leverage SharePoint and Office 365 in various ways
  • Shows how to use SharePoint to leverage data centers and collaborate with both internal and external customers, including partners and clients

SharePoint 2013 For Dummies is essential reading if you want to make the most of this technology.

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How to Set Up a Task List in SharePoint 2013

Step by Step / Updated 03-29-2017

Most SharePoint 2013 apps are based on lists. Creating your very own SharePoint app may sound a little daunting, but creating and customizing an app couldn’t be easier. The easiest way to create your own app is to start with a Custom List app and then customize it for your particular need.

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How to Access the Microsoft Forums for SharePoint 2013

Step by Step / Updated 02-21-2017

Microsoft maintains a community forum for SharePoint 2013. You can access the forum for SharePoint 2013 and post questions and interact with other SharePoint users.

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How to View SharePoint Documents in a Browser with Office Web Applications

Article / Updated 06-05-2016

Office Web Applications is a sister product to SharePoint that enables you to view and edit documents in the browser. Office Web Applications is installed separately from SharePoint, and then configured to provide the in-browser document capability to SharePoint. Office Web Applications is available with Office 365 and is already configured to work with SharePoint Online (because Microsoft engineers did this for you). If Office Web Applications is installed and properly activated in your team site, Microsoft Office documents such Word and PowerPoint files open in the browser. The experience happens automatically, so you just have to click the filename in the app to open the file. Office Web Applications is especially useful when you don’t want to install the Office 2013 client on the desktop. It also makes quickly browsing document contents a breeze because the file opens right in the browser. Office Web Applications is also available in the consumer version of SkyDrive. Using SkyDrive, you can open your Office documents right in the browser. And the consumer version is free!

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SharePoint 2013 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 03-27-2016

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 provides a web-based platform that lets your organization be more productive and competitive. With SharePoint 2013, you can manage content, publish information, track processes, and manage your overall business activities. In addition, SharePoint 2013 provides social features such as microblogging, feeds, likes, mentions, and hashtags to get everyone in your organization on the same page and communicating effectively.

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How to Microblog in SharePoint 2013

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

SharePoint 2013 includes microblogging functionality similar to Twitter. Using the microblogging capabilities of SharePoint 2013, you can tag other users using the @ symbol and tag topics using the hashtag # symbol.

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How to Turn On Versioning in SharePoint 2013

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Versioning in SharePoint 2013 can be turned on for each list-based or library-based app individually. One note of caution is that versioning can use an excessive amount of storage space in the database, so use it only as necessary. By default, versioning is turned off.

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How to Create a Site Collection in SharePoint Online

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

A Site Collection is a container for storing SharePoint sites. In SharePoint Online, you create a Site Collection using the Office 365 Administration interface. Using SharePoint Online is nearly identical to using SharePoint that has been installed at your local organization. The only difference is that Microsoft manages SharePoint in its own data centers in the Online version and you access the application over the Internet. From a user’s point of view, it’s just SharePoint. At the highest level of administration, there are differences in how you create a Site Collection.

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How to Add a User to a Site in SharePoint 2013

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

One of the most common aspects of SharePoint 2013 administration is adding a user to a site. This walkthrough takes you through sharing your site with other users.

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Add a Word Template as a Content Type in SharePoint 2013

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Creating Site Content Types in SharePoint 2013 with an associated document is beneficial for efficient document management. Site Content Types in SharePoint 2013 allow companies to have their teams use official and up-to-date document templates, which are useful for operations and other business processes. To add a Word template as a Content Type in SharePoint 2013, complete these steps:

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How to Create Task Lists with Gantt Chart View in SharePoint 2013

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

SharePoint 2013 allows users to create task lists and view them on a Gantt Chart just like in Microsoft Project. Besides tracking deliverables, using this feature helps ensure that everyone on the team knows their assigned tasks and their deadlines. Most importantly, you can provide your team with up-to-date status reports.

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