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SharePoint 2007 How-To Paperback – May 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0672330506 ISBN-10: 0672330504 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (May 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672330504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672330506
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.2 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ishai Sagi is a SharePoint expert who has been working with Microsoft SharePoint since its initial release in 2001. Since then, Ishai has trained numerous end users, administrators, and developers in using Microsoft SharePoint or developing solutions for the platform. He has spoken at Microsoft conferences around the world, including in Spain, Israel, and Australia. Ishai received the Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) award for Microsoft SharePoint in 2007 and 2008 as recognition for his contribution to the Microsoft SharePoint community.


Ishai also is the author of a popular SharePoint blog for developers at and manages the Canberra SharePoint User Group website at


Currently, Ishai is a SharePoint developer and a solutions architect in Canberra, Australia where he spends his spare time taking pictures of the wildlife. This might help explain the numerous pictures of kangaroos that can be seen in this book.

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Overview of This Book

The aim of this book is to be your companion as you use Microsoft SharePoint 2007. It lists common tasks that you need to do when you use SharePoint as a working tool and shows how to accomplish these tasks in an easy step-by-step process.

This book is written for people who are unfamiliar with or are unsure how to approach tasks in Microsoft SharePoint 2007. It even covers advanced issues, such as managing sites and security, editing pages, and using some of the more complex functionality available in Microsoft SharePoint 2007. However, this book is not intended as an administration guide, a developer handbook, or a complete and comprehensive user guide. Instead, this book focuses on assisting you with the basics—covering the essentials and making sure you know where to go to do the most common day-to-day tasks that you will encounter as a Microsoft SharePoint 2007 end user.

How to Benefit from This Book

We’ve designed this book to be easy to read from cover to cover. It is divided into four parts designed to make looking up problems easy.

Part I, “Solutions for Readers,” has the most common and basic tasks that do not involve changing anything in SharePoint, but just viewing, browsing, and finding information. This part includes

  • Chapter 1, “About Microsoft SharePoint 2007”
  • Chapter 2, “Finding Your Way Around a SharePoint Site”
  • Chapter 3, “Solutions Regarding Files, Documents, List Items, and Forms”
  • Chapter 4, “Searching in SharePoint”
  • Chapter 5, “Personal Sites and Personal Details (Available Only in MOSS)”

Part II, “Solutions for Authors and Content Managers,” teaches you how to perform tasks that involve adding content to SharePoint or changing the way it looks. This part includes

  • Chapter 6, “Creating and Managing Files, List Items, and Forms in SharePoint”
  • Chapter 7, “Creating Lists and Document Libraries”
  • Chapter 8, “Creating List Views”
  • Chapter 9, “Authoring Pages”
  • Chapter 10, “Managing Security”
  • Chapter 11, “Workflows”

Part III, “Solutions for Site Managers,” has advanced tasks involved in creating and customizing SharePoint sites. This part includes

  • Chapter 12, “Creating Subsites”
  • Chapter 13, “Customizing a SharePoint Site”
  • Chapter 14, “Managing Site Security”

Finally, in Part IV, “Appendixes,” you find shortcuts and links that will help you find your way and achieve some tasks faster.

This book is written with the firm belief that to learn, you must do. You can use this book as a reference tool when you are tasked with a certain job that you need help finding out how to perform, or you can use it as a learning guide if you have an environment to perform the tasks outlined in this book one by one. Whatever your choice, it is our hope that this book will be a helpful companion.

How to Continue Expanding Your Knowledge

This book does not claim to cover all of what you can do with SharePoint. If you find yourself in need of more information check out the SharePoint built-in help interface. Almost every page in SharePoint has a Help icon that will open the SharePoint help screen, enabling you to search for the topic you want. Additionally, you can find SharePoint manuals and help articles from Microsoft on the Microsoft help site at

If you cannot find what you want in the Microsoft help pages, plenty more help is available on the Internet from the SharePoint community, which is big and helpful both in blogs and discussion forums. To find solutions to problems, it is recommended to search using your favorite search engine. Many blogs and websites have information on how to achieve tasks in SharePoint.

If you have a question that you cannot find an answer for, the Microsoft forums are the best place to go to get answers. These forums can be found at

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

Ishai Sagi (Australia) has been working in SharePoint since its initial release in 2001. He is currently a SharePoint developer and solutions architect, and leader of the Canberra SharePoint user group. He has trained numerous end users, administrators, and developers in SharePoint, and has been awarded Microsoft's MVP award for SharePoint for two consecutive years. He is also author of one of the world's most popular SharePoint blogs,

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Very well organised.
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If you've ever seen one of those how-to blog posts on some complicated programming procedures then you know how this book reads.
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I decided I'd try the print edition, and if anything the problem was worse instead of better.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Steven Rose on June 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm an experienced SharePoint user, trainer, developer, designer, architect (etc etc) and am quite familiar with most resources out there. With this book Ishai has achieved something very important - a clear explanation of the many screens and options available in SharePoint. For example, he makes clear what effect different options have when using the built-in survey tool, with lots of screenshots to make things crystal clear. In many ways, this is the manual many people wished Microsoft would produce - written in plain English.

On initially looking through the book I was put off by the book's structure, because it sometimes introduces difficult technical truths when we are doing something simple. However, on reflection, I understand the reasoning: the structure makes sense when you come back to the book as a reference, looking for information on particular subject. I would advise readers to skip sections that seem too detailed for them: Ishai's scenario / solution structure should help: if the scenario doesn't interest you, skip ahead!

If I read a book and then never take it down from the shelf ever again, I take that as a bad sign: I expect my needs to change over time, and to get more value out of books as time goes by. I have already had "SharePoint 2007 How-To" off the shelf a few times, which bodes well for its longevity, and hence value.

Who is it for? The material ranges from `new to product' through to briefing people who might whip up a little SharePoint application to make their work easier. But the primary audience are people I have met many times: people who need to use SharePoint and feel bewildered by all the options. You know who you are.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve Schapel on July 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
In a word - masterful. Congratulations, Ishai, on a great contribution!

The author is careful to point out that the book is not targeted to the technical end of the spectrum - the professional SharePoint developers and administrators.

Perfect! There are lots of books, and other resources, that make the assumption that you already know stuff, and jump right in to the intermediate or advanced level.

No, this is for the user. Well, in a sense, the author misses slightly here. He forgot to mention those who don't necessarily work directly with SharePoint, but work with technologies that can integrate closely with SharePoint. Like (ahem) Access developers, for example.

So really, it's for people who need a good, solid, overview understanding of SharePoint. Terminology, concepts, functionality. And in my experience, there was a big gap for this type of book, and Ishai has filled it superbly.

Here's the first sentence in Chapter 1:
"SharePoint is a platform that allows users to build websites."

That's what I like... start at the beginning, and move on up from there.

Not that it's all on the basic level. By the time we get to page 341 we've covered some pretty meaty topics.

I have learned heaps from this book, and will continue to do so as I explore it more thoroughly. Just what I needed for my present stage of SharePoint knowledge and skill.

I have no criticisms at all. It is nicely written, in a very readable style. Very well organised. Excellently illustrated. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dimitri Shvorob on January 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Indeed, a handy reference for a SharePoint newbie, although "Project management with SharePoint" might be even more accessible - shorter and with a focused agenda. Readers with slightly more experience will need less spoon-feeding - after seeing too many screenshots, I felt that the author was rushing me through items on SharePont screens (cf. "how-to") - and would be better served by Wrox's "Beginning SharePoint", for example.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Holeva on October 15, 2010
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Recently I was tasked to start up and manage a SharePoint site to help facilitate team projects at work. Based on customer reviews I picked up this how-to guide by Sagi, and I was so happy with this purchase that I was inspired to write a review. Although it's written more as a reference guide I read the book cover to cover while keeping a SharePoint site open on my computer screen so I could experiment as I read. It took me about two days to complete the book (which means you should be able to work through it in a weekend if you need a quick crash course) and my experience left me feeling like I learned more from this book than I ever learned in any instructor lead course for similar caliber software packages (and at a fraction of the time and price). Moreover, I now have a solid reference guide with a well documented table of contents should I ever need a quick refresher. I happily recommend this book and can confidently say that next time I have software educational needs this author/company will be my first stop.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Martin on June 2, 2011
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I work in the finance department of a large multinational and run our global business tax team. Sharepoint is spreading through our organization like wildfire. We are using it to collect date, manage our tax provision, tax returns, M&A activity and post-merger intergration, and using it to publish out to the organization. Given the point-and-click nature of the software, we have democratized development and have people working on innovative new ways of using the software.

Given our IT department's inability to resource our needs, we purchased several differnt books on sharepoint. This was one of them. After about 6 months all of the copies of this one sit on the shelf. Our biggest 'hit' is Essential SharePoint 2007: A Practical Guide for Users, Administrators and Developers by Jeff Webb (Paperback - Sep 18, 2007). For whatever reason, my user-group finds this book more approachable and helpful to them in quickly isolating how to get things done in a rapid 'Plan-Do-Check-Act' environment.

If you are in a situation where you are really trying to find the right book to distribute in your organization, you should consider Essential Sharepoint 2007.

Ken Martin
Business Tax
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