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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470476435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470476437
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Need to figure out SharePoint? Team up with this book to make it easy!

SharePoint can be a little tough to get your mind around. It's all about collaboration, so get together with this friendly guide and watch SharePoint start making sense! This plain-English guide offers simple instructions and focused coverage of this powerful tool, covering using and customizing team sites, hosting a public-facing site, branding and designing your site, and using the search and business intelligence features.

  • See what it does — explore how SharePoint helps you manage projects, enables employee networking, supports business intelligence, and lets you access applications

  • Meet the gang — get acquainted with the set of Microsoft products that make up SharePoint

  • Team up — get a handle on document sharing, managing calendars and tasks, creating custom lists, microblogging internally, and tracking changes in your team

  • Documentary stuff — manage documents on your team site and add other content

  • Meet the public — use SharePoint to host public-facing Web sites as well as internal information portals

  • Dress it up — use themes, style sheets, and other techniques to make your SharePoint site sharp

  • Seek and find — handle site directories, configure the search function, and use metadata and tags

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for sharing documents and lists

  • How My Site can be used like Twitter and Facebook

  • Types of sites you can create

  • Advice on configuring settings for collaboration

  • Tweaks for page templates

  • How to make content searchable with metadata and tagging

  • How to create custom style sheets

  • Secrets of site security

Learn to:

  • Understand the complexities of SharePoint

  • Use wikis and team sites for collaboration

  • Create branded information portals

  • Use tags, metadata, and search

About the Author

Vanessa L. Williams has more than a decade of experience in information technology and information systems. As a freelance consultant, she helps clients ranging from small companies with 20 users to Fortune 200 enterprises use SharePoint to solve business problems. Vanessa is the author of SharePoint 2007 For Dummies.

More About the Author

I am also the author of the two previous editions (2003 & 2007) of Microsoft SharePoint For Dummies. SharePoint 2010 For Dummies is a labor of love; I've used SharePoint since its relative infancy, and it's exciting to see the product mature and become robust and end-user-centric. With this edition I've made a real effort to sideline the technical stuff and focus on what the business user needs and wants to know.

In "real life" I live in Indianapolis with my partner and our dogs Rosie and Ringo and one beleaguered cat, Ruby. I do freelance consulting in the SharePoint/web content space, helping clients ranging from small companies with 20 users to Fortune 200 enterprises to solve their business problems with innovative human-scaled solutions.

Read more about me on my website, SharePointGrrl (http://sharepointgrrl.com) or my blog (http://techgrrl.wordpress.com).

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Michael Derk on July 8, 2010
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I am writing this review because this book deserves more than a "1 star" rating that another e-version reader provided. I have the hardcopy/print version which includes plenty of screen shots. The book is written for those unfamiliar with SharePoint. However, even as a 20+ year IT veteran, with extensive SharePoint experience, I found the book to be useful as both a refresher for features I haven't used very much and as a intro to "what's new" in 2010.

I give the book 4, rather than 5, stars simply due to its intro-level coverage of SharePoint features. This is NOT a book for troubleshooting issues. It IS a book for anyone new to the SharePoint platform who is looking for some basic "how to" information and for gaining a solid, easy to read, understanding of how and why to use most SharePoint 2010 features.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dan on October 19, 2010
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I am just entering the world of SharePoint, never having been asked to use it before. I found this book to be extremely useful. I don't know why anyone with 20 years of IT experience would buy a book entitled "SharePoint 2010 for Dummies". But as an actual "dummy", this book was great. It covers all of the basics of the SP user interface and feature set, including step by step instructions, and lots of great screen shots. Some of the later chapters related to enterprise search and BI weren't very useful to me, but I could see that they would be useful to the right audience. I had struggled with Microsoft's web site and video's, none of which told me what I wanted to know - which was "what is SharePoint", and "how do I use it?" This book covered both topics, and far more effectively than anything else I have found.

If you are a techie looking for architectural details, this isn't the book for you. If you are a Box user being asked to use SharePoint instead - this is the perfect intro.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 31, 2010
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Have to say I bought this book looking for Sharepoint for Developers which this book is not.

Having said that I have this book on my desk and I refer to it often. Parts of the book are really for the Sharepoint newbie and parts go deep into the product.

Recommended
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Boyarsky on January 12, 2011
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I really liked that the book explain what Sharepoint is from multiple view points. It is a product, platform, toolkit and reference architecture. The last one seems out of place in a "for dummies" book. Presumably if you know what a reference architecture is, you aren't in the target audience for the book.

There are many screenshots and "how to do" lists. I picked it up because dummies books are a faster read to get an overview. Which I did.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LRussell on November 2, 2010
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I haven't fully read the entire book ;) (not that I intend to) but it appears to be a decent resource when I hit spots on Sharepoint that need further explanation. One thing that has been tough (as a dummy) is that the book does assume you know some things that I don't...Maybe I need a dummy-er book first!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PDX Office on October 15, 2010
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I utilize this book for professional training workshops on SharePoint 2010. As of October 15th, 2010, this is the best reference for SharePoint 2010 that I've found. For SP2007/WSS 3.0, we used Microsoft's WSS 3.0 Step-by-Step guide, and will probably start using the 2010 version when it comes out next year.

This reference book is informative and adequate for a site-collection owner to maintain their SharePoint environment, but it is not a great introduction to SharePoint 2010. The main fault of this book is the order of the content, and the lack of in-depth content. For example, the explanation of the Ribbon is totally inadequate and spread through multiple chapters. In this book, Chapter 11 is the chapter on Navigation, compared to Microsoft's WSS 3.0 book where Navigation is immediately after the introduction. In my professional experience, navigation and the ribbon are the two most difficult barriers for the average end-user to overcome - if this book were a guide, those topics would be addressed first, but this is a reference book.

If you are tired of bothering your superiors and administrators with SharePoint questions, this book will help you.

This book is less useful for SharePoint designers and administrators, there are specialty guides on those particular topics.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rooster on December 9, 2010
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I purchased this book when Sharepoint 2010 was released for consumers. It was one of only a few books that were available. Because everything was so new, I read a review of this same book for Sharepoint 2007. Those reviews stated that it was written for administrators and several people gave it bad reviews because of it. So, I figured, the 2010 book should be written for the same audience. That was a wrong assumption. My guess is that they changed the intended audience based on the 2007 negative reviews. Oh well. I gave the book 2 stars for not making it clear before I ordered the book that this was not for administrators or people that want to configure Sharepoint 2010. Furthermore, when I recently searched this site for "Sharepoint administration", this book came up again. The comment section screen also shows "sharepoint administration" in the tag suggestions. This book is not intended for administrators. It is a book for users.
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