In This Chapter
Understanding the vital role that lists play in SharePoint 2007
Reviewing the major types of lists you can have in SharePoint sites
Adding lists to your SharePoint site
Adding and importing data into the lists you use
Customizing your SharePoint lists to suit your site's data needs
Lists form the very core of a SharePoint 2007 site. Almost all the information that you share with your fellow team members is in the form of some sort of SharePoint list. Even SharePoint libraries (the subject of the next chapter), although routinely considered a separate SharePoint component, are in fact SharePoint lists that give you information and links to various documents and graphics files you share with your team members.
This chapter gives you an overview of SharePoint lists by introducing you to their general types and functions. The chapter also gives you a rundown on the basic care and handling of SharePoint lists. This coverage includes how to create new lists, edit existing ones, customize their layout, and do fundamental sorting and filtering of their contents. You can then use this information to create custom lists for your teams and present them with all the information they need to work with.
Lists are everywhere in SharePoint. For example, in the main part of the home page of a new SharePoint site, you find three different empty lists — Announcements, Calendar, and Links — that you can immediately start ...