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Access 2010: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald

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Setting Up SharePoint

Now that you know what SharePoint is, you’re ready to take it for a whirl. Every SharePoint server starts out with one home site. Although you can use the home site for collaboration, most people prefer to create additional sites for each separate team. (Your company can have as little as one team site or as many as several thousand.)

Creating a Team Site

Here’s how you create a new team site:

  1. Surf to your SharePoint home site.

    Remember, SharePoint gives you the home site URL at the end of the setup process. Or, if you’ve signed up for a hosted SharePoint site, the hosting company will give you the URL.

  2. Click the Site Actions button (see Figure 22-3), and then choose Site Settings.

    The site management page appears, with a huge list of options you can change.

    Note

    If you’re using a website that was created with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (What You Can Do in SharePoint), you’ll find the Site Actions button in the top-right corner of the web page.

  3. In the Site Administration section, click the “Sites and workspaces” link.

    A page appears that lists all the sites, document workspaces, and meeting workspaces on your current SharePoint server.

    Note

    Document workspaces let people share files, like Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. Sites have this feature too, but they also have additional frills, like lists of announcements and a shared calendar. Meeting workspaces are similar to document workspaces, but they’re meant to share the materials that are associated with a ...

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