SharePoint Tutorial
For Beginners, Developers, Administrators, End User

Why did I start a website about SharePoint Tutorial?

Tired of buzzwords like SharePoint sites, team sites, document library, content management system, SharePoint app, SharePoint servers or SharePoint Online?

Starting with SharePoint can be a great struggle! There are so many blogs you can read but as a beginner how do I know which is the best starting point and most helpful?

When I started back in 2006 there was a huge lack of information. SharePoint was released and there was no documentation or blog solving my problems. Now there are too many resources which are more a blocker than a good start.

Because of that a basic but detailed starting point is needed - and provided with my guides. Start with the things that are most important and that get you up and running. Skip the distracting stuff and add it IF you need it and WHEN you need it.

So that's the story why I wrote alot of SharePoint Tutorial...

What is Microsoft SharePoint and how does it work?

Microsoft SharePoint is a collaboration and content management system helping you to work better with teams across the globe.

What is Microsoft SharePoint and how does it work?
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For end users it's a website helping you to better work with information or to find a person you need to make better decisions. As an end user, you open your browser to access your personal website showing you news, updates about documents or tasks and your latest work items. You can store personal files and access team sites or project sites to work with someone else. Document management has never been easier.

What is Microsoft SharePoint for end users?
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For an administrator it's a set of multiple servers hosting the SharePoint environment aka intranet. As an administrator, you are responsible for operating one or more SharePoint Server. You can use a website called Central Administration and PowerShell for application and service management, monitoring, backup and restore or managing security. Usually, a company's SharePoint environment contains multiple SharePoint server. SharePoint data is stored in SQL Server databases.

SharePoint can be hosted on a server inside your company (on-premise) or or via Microsoft's cloud based platform called SharePoint Online.

What is SharePoint used for?

SharePoint is used for storing, managing and retrieving information. It's used to find a person who may have information you need and to access it from anywhere in the world. Microsoft SharePoint not only gets information you need it also prepares, visualizes or sorts it by relevance.

It's all about working smarter.

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Here's an example:

The amount of available information and the rate in which it is created increased and the way people communicate changed. Within an intranet scenario information can be stored at:

  • File shares,

  • Local hard disks,

  • Personal folders,

  • Different applications,

  • E-Mails or

  • In the head of a person you don't know.

People may have problems to make decisions because they have too much information.

They may also have problems because they can't find the information they need.

You can imagine that storage is one of the problems: Files are stored in different folders or sub folders without Meta information or with strange file names.

Information may not be retrieved since people just don’t know that certain information exists.

The access to information can be problematic because of remote or mobile access or due to granular security.

So how should you make a decision if you can’t find or use the information you need? Even if you find all the information how should you make a decision in time if it takes you hours or days to search and rate them?

What is Microsoft SharePoint for end users?
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SharePoint solves all problems information worker have.

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How do I learn SharePoint?

There are a few steps I highly suggest you start with if you want to learn SharePoint:

  1. Learn what SharePoint is, what problems you have as an information worker and how SharePoint solves your problems.

  2. Understand basic features like SharePoint sites, team site, document libraries or site collection.

  3. Get how to's to solve specific tasks.

It's very important that you learn topics as specific as possible because you can get lost in thousands of different topics. SharePoint is huge and a lot of people underestimate the effort.

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Is SharePoint easy to learn?

Yes, SharePoint is easy to learn with the right SharePoint Tutorial. You just need a plan, the right resources and motivation to learn something new.

Just get started with SharePoint.

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Where can I get SharePoint Tutorial for Beginners?

I suggest that beginners should get started with my article 'What is SharePoint? Complete Beginners Guide'.

Next learn about basic SharePoint features, what they are and how they work.

Where can I get SharePoint Tutorial in PDF?

Here are 3 lists with resources including PDF and video tutorials and training for administrators, developers and end user:

You can also download my SharePoint Tutorials in PDF listed in the E-Books & PowerShell section.

Where can I get SharePoint Tutorial for Beginners?

However, it's not always the best solution to download a PDF. I highly recommend that you also watch videos.

Of course the advantage of a PDF is that it can be easily kept up-to-date whereas a video needs more work to be updated.

Are these SharePoint Tutorial for Beginners step by step guides or how do they work?

Yes, every tutorial is a detailed step-by-step guide with pictures and text.

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How to find more SharePoint Tutorial:

First learn the basics for free, then get the specifics to solve your tasks.

Step 1: Get SharePoint Tutorial for free

There are many tutorials on my website and if you use your favorite search engine you will get tons of search results with free tutorials. It's sufficient to learn the basic of SharePoint.

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Step 2: Get up-to-date SharePoint Tutorial for 2022

If you know the basics you should get tutorials that solve a specific task you have. Some of them have a price tag but they are well worth the cost. They save you so much time and headache.

Here's why my material will work for you

My material is:

Comprehensive and accurate. I'm committed to make your work as easy as possible: You don't need to compare different resources or to find the correct solution for a given task. You'll already get clear, detailed, comprehensive, step-by-step material as well as accurate & tested scripts.

My SharePoint Tutorials are comprehensive and accurate and well worth the cost.

Up-to-date: You'll always have the most up-to-date & tested material. I do several free updates a year based on new software, documentation or your feedback.

My SharePoint Tutorials are always up-to-date and well tested.

Real world proven: You get proven E-Books & tools that are used around the world e.g. USA, Canada, Europe or Australia. Right now it's used to setup simple and complex farms.

My tutorial are real world proven with countries all around the world.
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What is the difference between SharePoint Tutorials and SharePoint Training?

What are tutorials? And what can you expect using tutorials?

What is the difference between SharePoint Tutorials and SharePoint Training?
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If you use your favorite search engine and search for a definition of tutorial you will find something like this:

  • Tutorials are one of many methods to transfer knowledge. It's part of learning.

  • It's more interactive than a book or lecture.

  • It's more specific than a book or lecture.

  • Tutorials teach by example.

  • Tutorials help to complete a task.

So a SharePoint Tutorial can contain a set of instructions, a step-by-step guide or tutorials can be an interactive session... it can be:

  • a book,

  • a video or

  • an application

Independently of the method it helps to complete a task or to solve a problem.

Furthermore it is self-paced meaning that a person can learn at their own speed which is quite useful if tutorials are in a different language than your native language.

So it helps people with different skill levels.

If we take the things above and try to create SharePoint Tutorial it would look like this:

  • Title

  • Task

  • Content

Well if this isn't specific with a huge set of instructions on how to complete the given task... well I don't know.

SharePoint Training is basically the same as a tutorial.

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At this site you will find SharePoint Tutorial providing the structure and the content above. So take a look for yourself if you find one for you...

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What is a content management system?

A content management system (CMS) is software where users can create, manage, and modify content on a website. It comes with all the features you need to manage content and publish content without any development.

What is a document management system?

A document management system (DMS) is software where users can store, receive, track and manage documents. It's designed to reduce paper work and to make your work easier. Todays document management systems come with all the features you need without development, e.g. permission management and information rights management.

What is a SharePoint List?

SharePoint lists are used to store information and documents. They are highly customizable and come with permission management, sorting, filtering, check-in / check-out, notifications and workflows.

What is a SharePoint site?

A SharePoint site is like any other website allowing you to view and store content and documents.

They can have different templates depending on what you and your team are working on.

SharePoint sites can be arranged in hierarchies called Site Collection. There are different types of web sites:

  • A site can be a team site. Each team has lists and libraries to store contact information about team members, documents or events.

  • A site can also be a project site where each project has lists and libraries to store information about the project like its current state, presentations and calculations.

  • A site can be an Internet facing Website.

SharePoint sites can used with your desktop or a mobile device.

What is a SharePoint Team Site?

A SharePoint Team Site is designed for team collaboration. They are easy to set up and come with document sharing, metadata, approval, check-in / check-out, notifications, workflows and real-time co-authoring.

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SharePoint on-premise or SharePoint Online are the same: It's a collaboration and content management system allowing you to work with teams world wide. SharePoint makes you more efficient and enhances your work by streamlining your business process.

SharePoint is complex and you need to enhance your SharePoint skills to get along. However, with the right SharePoint Tutorial you'll be able to successfully complete tasks and enjoy your work.

It's important that you understand basic features like SharePoint site, team site, document library, content management system, SharePoint app, SharePoint servers.

The best time to get started with SharePoint is now.

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