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Get Started With SharePoint

When you sign in to Office 365, or your organization’s corporate intranet site, you’ll see links to Newsfeed, OneDrive, and Sites in the app launcher navigation. 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 Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox.

  • Newsfeed - Stay tuned-in to conversations among your coworkers and updates about their activities.
    • 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.
  • OneDrive for Business - Your own place to keep work documents and other files. When you store your files on OneDrive for Business, only you can see them, but you can easily share them with coworkers and access them from your mobile device.
  • Sites - Easily find and access sites you’re following and quickly create new team sites.
  • Settings - Where you’ll find additional site actions for customizing your SharePoint sites.

Ten 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.

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Upload files to OneDrive for Business, your online document library, so you can access them from anywhereClick OneDrive > Upload.

Or you can drag files from your computer onto your OneDrive for Business page.
Open a document in a document libraryClick to open the document you want to work on and it will open in Office Online. 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 timeIn a document library, click to open the document you want to work on. It will open in Office Online. The number of people currently editing the document appears at the bottom of the document.
Share documentsSelect the document you want to share, click the ellipses to open the menu, and then click Share.
Share sitesIf you have site owner permissions, click Sites, choose the site you want to share, and then click Share.
Create a team siteIf you have site owner permissions, click Sites > new site.
Add a list or library to your team siteOn the site that you want to add the list or library, go to Settings > Add an app.
Keep previous versions of a document while you make changes to itSelect the document, on the Files tab, click Version History.
Search for somethingType a search keyword into the Search this site box, click the down arrow to select a search scope, and then click the Search icon.
Share information with your entire organizationClick Newsfeed, type your message, and then click Post.

Ready To Move Beyond the Basics?

Take a look at Microsoft's beginner and intermediate SharePoint training 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 OneDrive for Business
  • 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 Microsoft Video: Understanding permissions in SharePoint.