When you sign in to Office 365, or your organization’s corporate intranet site, you’ll see links to Newsfeed, SkyDrive, and Sites in the global navigation bar. These are your entry points into SharePoint.
Organizations use SharePoint to create websites. You can use it as a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device. All you need is a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox.
Note If your organization uses Yammer for its enterprise social network, then you may see a link to Yammer instead of Newsfeed. Learn more about Yammer.
- SkyDrive Pro Your personal document library—the place to keep your work documents and other files. When you store your files on SkyDrive Pro only you can see them, but you can easily share them with coworkers and access them from your mobile device. Get started with SkyDrive Pro.
- Sites Easily find and access sites you’re following, and quickly create new team sites. Learn more about following sites and creating sites.
- Settings Where you’ll find additional site actions for customizing your SharePoint sites.
Note If this information doesn’t match what you’re seeing, you may be using Office 365 pre-upgrade. Try Getting started with SharePoint Server 2010 to find the information that applies to you. Am I using Office 365 after the service upgrade?
10 things you can do with SharePoint, right now
SharePoint is powerful. There’s so much you can do with it. If you master a couple of these basic tasks, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an expert.
|To do this…
|Upload files to SkyDrive, your personal online document library, so you can access them from anywhere
Click SkyDrive > New document > Upload existing file.
See Manage your information.
|Open a document in a document library
Click to open the document you want to work on and it will open in Office Web App. If you have the application installed on your computer and want to use it, click Edit Document > Edit in <application name>.
|Work with others on the same document, at the same time
In a document library, click to open the document you want to work on. It will open in Office Web App. The number of people currently editing the document appears at the bottom of the document.
See Document collaboration and co-authoring.
|Share documents with people inside your organization
Select the document you want to share, click the ellipses … to open the menu, and then click Share.
See Share ideas, sites, and content.
|Share documents and sites with people outside your organization (SharePoint Online only)
If you have site owner permissions, click Sites, choose the site you want to share, and then click Share.
See Share sites or documents with people outside your organization.
|Create a team site
If you have site owner permissions, click Sites > new site.
See Create a site.
|Add a list or library to your team site
On the site that you want to add the list or library, go to Settings > Add an app.
See Add an app to a site.
|Keep previous versions of a document while you make changes to it
Select the document, on the Files tab, click Version History.
See How does versioning work in a list or library?
|Search for something
Type a search keyword into the Search this site box, click the down arrow to elect a search scope, and then click the Search icon.
See Find content that’s important to you.
|Share information with your entire organization
Click Newsfeed, type your message, and then click Post.
See Post something to everyone.
Ready to move beyond the basics?
Take a look at our beginner and intermediate training courses for SharePoint 2013 to learn more about:
- Creating and managing a blog to share information
- Creating and setting up a list
- Sharing documents
- Using a list
- Syncing libraries using SkyDrive Pro
- Updating profile and privacy settings
Want to control access to your stuff?
SharePoint is all about permissions. Get a better understanding of how permissions work, and you’ll understand how to control access to stuff on sites. Watch Video: Understanding permissions in SharePoint.
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