How to present SharePoint end users with helpful content without adding an app or a trusted solution

Almost every community of SharePoint users would benefit from a method of exposing helpful information directly to end users within the computing environment, itself. But an obstacle usually impedes this effort. The problem is most methods require the installation of either an app, or a full trust farm solution. By “app” I am referring to a computing process rather than the usual way apps are discussed with reference to SharePoint 2013, or to SharePoint Online, Office 365. A document library, or a list is actually considered an “app” in both of these SharePoint computing environments. But there is no reason…
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A straightforward presentation of creating a document library in SharePoint Online and adding some documents to it

The second demonstration included in a video tutorial titled Manage SharePoint Online Documents and Lists presents the steps required to “Create a Document Library and Upload Content”. The demonstration is led by Mr. Jamie McAllister, who leads most of the tutorial. McAllister’s presentation begins as our SharePoint-Videos tutorials on SharePoint 2013 Document Libraries begin. McAllister explains adding a document library constitutes “adding an app”. So the steps he takes are consistent with adding any other type of out-of-the-box app to SharePoint Online. He also points out how the app, once added, shows up in the Quick Launch, on the left…
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SharePoint document libraries are a special kind of list

As Jamie McAllister explains in a video tutorial published for free-of-charge public viewing on the Microsoft Virtual Academy web site, SharePoint document libraries are actually a “special kind of list”. The title of the video tutorial is Manage SharePoint Online Documents and Lists. I need to admit I wasn’t aware of the veracity of McAllister’s point. But my surprise only grew when McAllister proceeds to explain “[v]irtually all SharePoint content is stored in lists”. He also explains the notion of “views” as aids available to end users and site owners to “filter, sort, group information so we can access it…
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It makes sense to keep technical training for SharePoint end users as simple as possible

Because SharePoint end users often are responsible for tasks completely unrelated to SharePoint, but need to successfully process computing tasks within a SharePoint work space, it makes sense to keep the presentation of technical training materials for them as simple, and as direct as possible. Few interactions could be more difficult than the effort a Tier I SharePoint support person might have to make to help a confused end user select the right training content from a page full of training assets. But this unpleasant experience can arise if SharePoint stakeholders inadvertently end up inundating end users with just too…
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Finding the Common Thread Running Through Different Methods of Supporting SharePoint End Users in Need of Training Content

SharePoint-Videos offers Business Solutions for SharePoint, which are designed to satisfy the burning needs many organizations have for a reliable method of supporting SharePoint end users as they attempt to successfully complete computing tasks in a SharePoint computing environment. There is a common thread running between these solutions. In this writer’s opinion, it will be helpful for anyone considering how best to address a need such as the one just presented, to keep this common thread in mind. In-Context access to training content uniquely capable of meeting the needs of SharePoint users, on demand, is the consistent theme running through…
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How to Move Items from OneDrive for Business to Document Libraries in SharePoint Online, Office 365

End users with a need to move items out of OneDrive for Business and into document libraries in SharePoint Online, Office 365 can be challenged. It is not easy for them to find a simple method of successfully completing this task. There are even issues using Windows Explorer to accomplish this task. So this writer thought it might be helpful to add a post to this blog explaining how to accomplish this task with the browser. Why Move Items Out of OneDrive for Business and into SharePoint Online Document Libraries? One might ask why even consider moving items out of…
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End Users Benefit When Help is Available for SharePoint 2013 Lists, Libraries, Pages, and Communicating with Office Components

If active SharePoint users within larger organizations only spend a few moments, per week, using the computing platform, how can the majority of users, who very seldom use it, be expected to remember important, basic computing techniques? Bottom line: they can’t, and for this reason it is very important for IT organizations, and stakeholders in a successful implementation, to provide these users with training content to refresh their understanding, as they require. SharePoint-Videos.com offers a set of 105 video tutorials specifically designed to support SharePoint end users. Our SP131 End User Training Set provides these users with the help they…
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Providing SharePoint Users with an In-Context, On Demand Training Resource Should be a Component of an Adoption Plan

SharePoint-Videos created the VisualSP™, Help System for SharePoint 2010 and 2013. VisualSP provides SharePoint with an in-context, on demand method of satisfying the needs of SharePoint end users to consume training content when and where they need it. But other types of training systems can be equipped with similar features. For example, enterprise organizations can purchase group, or multi-user subscriptions to all of the content on SharePoint-Videos.com. It makes a lot of sense to include either a group or a multi-user subscription to our content in an in-context, on demand container. As Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT has pointed…
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An Example of How to Measure End User Progress In a SharePoint Adoption Campaign

Many of our customers are using our End User Video Tutorial sets. These customer are using either our SP101 or SP131 End User Video tutorial sets for SharePoint as a method of presenting their communities with a very direct presentation of the computer techniques they will need to use, on a daily basis, as they implement SharePoint computing. But these sets can also provide stakeholders with important metrics on usage. In the case of communities supported with SharePoint 2013, Microsoft’s Productivity Hub is no longer an option. Our video tutorial set can be successfully implemented, in conjunction with an implementation…
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It Makes Sense to Plan SharePoint Features for Otherwise Uninterested End Users

SharePoint stakeholders should plan features for an end user largely uninterested in the computing platform. This approach will successfully balance a need to provide end users with very specific objectives, computing procedures, and the tools they will require to succeed, along with an attractive user interface. Our VisualSP™ help system can be successfully used to achieve the objectives I’ve just mentioned. I don’t think stakeholders will realize the same benefit from other systems built for an end user more involved with SharePoint, as a true computing experience. It’s not likely a typical end user will want to take the time…
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