SharePoint 2007 Collaboration For Dummies Cheat Sheet
To successfully work in SharePoint 2007 you need to know your way around the SharePoint site’s home page. Take advantage of using keyboard shortcuts and work to overcome the challenges of successful collaboration in SharePoint.
Basics of the SharePoint Site’s Home Page
The typical home page of a SharePoint site uses the Team Site template, which contains two main zones of content: Left and Right Web Part Zones. This template calls for several elements that allow you and your team members to easily navigate the site.
SharePoint 2007 Keyboard Shortcuts
Use keyboard shortcuts to make collaborating in SharePoint 2007 easier, whether you’re on the general site, lists, or library page. Check out some SharePoint shortcut keystrokes and their resulting actions:
|Keys to Press||Result|
|Alt+1||Selects the Home Site tab|
|Alt+3||Selects the View All Site Content link|
|Alt+6||Selects the Help button|
|Alt+/ (forward slash)||Selects the Actions button|
|Alt+S||Selects the site’s Search box|
|Alt+L||Selects the site’s Welcome menu button|
|Keys to Press||Result|
|Alt+N||Selects New menu|
|Alt+C||Selects Actions menu|
|Alt+I||Selects Settings menu|
Obstacles to Successful SharePoint Collaboration
Using SharePoint alone is one thing, working as a team is another. Ensure a successful SharePoint collaboration by keeping in mind the challenges you and your team will face and how to overcome them:
Teams need to clearly understand their responsibilities in order to have any chance of achieving the goals of the collaboration.
Behind every successful team there needs to stand an effective team leader.
Teams have to have easy access to the information they need to make decisions and get their work done.
A team is only as strong as its weakest member.
You’re never going to respond to a message you never receive.
You can’t begin to deal with issues until someone tells you that they’re there.
Issues always come up when people work closely together — it’s how they’re resolved that counts.
The open give and take of ideas is often what sparks real creativity in the group.
Tasks that don’t get assigned in a timely manner don’t have any chance of getting done by their due dates.
You can’t measure the success of the collaboration if you can’t measure your teams’ performance.