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Navigating around the SharePoint Designer 2010 Environment

Our SharePoint-Videos video tutorial set on SharePoint Designer 2010 begins with an introduction to the SharePoint Designer 2010 environment. The author of this curriculum, Asif Rehmani informs us that SharePoint Designer 2010 is the “premier tool to configure and customize SharePoint 2010”. When one considers that this software is provided by Microsoft to the user at no additional charge, the case for SharePoint Designer 2010 grows that much more compelling. Nevertheless, Asif does not neglect to point out a very important caveat, that “formal training in [SharePoint Designer 2010] is a necessity to learn to use it properly without any unintended damage to your SharePoint environment”. Finally, we are also informed by our instructor that SharePoint Designer 2010 cannot be used to open SharePoint 2007 sites, etc.

The intended audience for this video tutorial, which is part of the above mentioned SP201 SharePoint-Videos curriculum, are SharePoint Administrators, Site Collection Administrators, Developers and Systems Architects. Feature of the SharePoint Designer 2010 computing environment including:

  • The Back Stage, which is utilized to first open a site, which site may then be accessed by clicking on the file menu on the top left of the computer screen
  • The Navigation, or Quick Launch which includes all of the site objects that should be readily available, as required
  • The Ribbon which is now ubiquitous across all of the software tools included in Microsoft Office
  • The Summary Page that includes all of the various components of the object selected via quick launch (navigation)

Asif Rehmani also explains how the features of the ribbon change as different objects are selected from the Quick Launch, in a “context sensitive” manner to display new components that a user may implement to make changes to the selected object.

With regard to sites, themselves, we review how the Summary Page displays the page title, descriptions and even permissions that have been set to enable users to work with a selected site in much the same manner that they would work with other objects. The features of the graphical interfaces for SharePoint Designer 2010 are uniform across any/all objects for SharePoint 2010. The emphasis, as Asif points out for us, is clearly upon the various components that make up objects, which are depicted along with the range of actions that a properly authorized user can take to change them, as required.

We are confident that most individuals reviewing this tutorial will recognize that the author’s intention is to quickly focus on points for instruction. There are no “talking heads” in any of our video tutorials. Further, the author clearly eschews most all abstraction for terse instruction that gets right to the point. If you see the benefit of our approach and would welcome further discussion, then please contact us at (630) 786-7026, or click this contact us link to further a discussion about our video training content.

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