Sharepoint – How to Manage Your Home Page Desktop

Sharepoint – How to Manage Your Home Page Desktop

If you have read any of my other articles you know that I am a look and feel kind of guy. I like neat, easy to use workspaces. As a result of this characteristic of mine, I had a strong urge to rearrange the desktop options on my Sharepoint home page.
It is my personal opinion that having a full, well organized calendar is one of the most vital aspects of quality business. If you know at all times what you are doing, when you are doing it, where you are doing it and whom you are doing it with then you are a step ahead of the majority of the world population. It is for this reason that I wanted to have the team calendar at the top of the home page rather than the bottom, where it is defaulted.
In trying to make this rearrangement, one of my coworkers and I made a very important discovery about using Sharepoint. If you are using Firefox as your web browser then your Sharepoint service will work differently than if you were using Internet Explorer.
What I will do here is go through the step by step process of editing your homepage shortcuts and then explain the differences you will experience when using either of the two browsers.
Step One
You will need to log in to your Sharepoint account with Admin access.
Step 2
Once you are logged into your account click on the “Site Actions” tab located in the top right hand corner of your homepage.
Step 3
Once you have selected this option a drop down menu will appear. The middle of the 3 options will be entitled “Edit Page”. You will select that option.
Now this is where it gets tricky. If you are using IE (Internet Explorer) you will be able to simply drag the different options to whatever position you would like it.
For instance, if you would like to move the “Calendar” option to the top of your home page, you very easily place your mouse arrow over the top bar of the “Calendar” box, hold your left click down and then drag the box to the top of the page.
Now, if you are like me and fancy the Firefox browser, then you will need to apply a bit more effort.
You will need to hit the “X” box to close each selection.
Next, you will notice that at the top of the page is a box that says “Add a Web Part”.
Select that option. Once you have done this, a pop up window will appear and show each item that you just deleted.
You will want to check the empty box next to each item that you wish to have displayed on your home page.
You will want to do one at a time so as to insure that Sharepoint uploads them in the correct order.
So, there you have it! Now go do it yourself!

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