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Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Step by Step [Kindle Edition]

Olga Londer , Penelope Coventry
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The smart way to learn Microsoft SharePoint 2013—one step at a time!

Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to boost team collaboration with SharePoint 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them!

  • Customize your team site’s layout, features, and apps
  • Manage and share ideas, documents, and data
  • Capture and organize content into lists and libraries
  • Automate business processes with built-in workflows
  • Use social features to communicate and collaborate
  • Publish content using enhanced web content management

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About the Author

Olga M. Londer, MCSE, MCT, is a technology evangelist for Microsoft Corporation and has served as a technical lead on numerous projects for major clients. She has coauthored many books about SharePoint, including Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Step by Step.

Penelope Coventry is a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint Server with more than 30 years of industry experience. She has authored and coauthored several books on SharePoint, including Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 Step by Step and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Administrator’s Companion.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17147 KB
  • Print Length: 678 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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In anticipation of using Sharepoint, I needed a heads-up regarding it's various functionalities. I would thoroughly recommend. It is clearly written and covers the platform with large brush strokes, going into appropriate detail as required. I did buy a couple of books and found this to be the most useful. Choosing between online, server and foundation became a lot clearer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to SharePoint 21 April 2015
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Very good book as an introduction to SharePoint - makes a good reference - keep it on your desk
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Oct. 2014
By Konrad
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for anybody who is completely new to SharePoint 2013 15 Jan. 2014
By Colin Brown - Published on
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Sharepoint 2013 Step by Step is the beginners guide to using SharePoint 2013. This book will take through the basics, from an end user/site owners perspective, and show you how to do most things that end users regularly do in SharePoint like create lists, export lists to a spreadsheet, adding webparts to a page or removing them etc.

The book is split into 15 chapters with each chapter covering a different topic from the very basic navigating around SharePoint (how to get to site settings, view all site contents etc) through to a basic overview of content management (document sets, creating page layouts etc.) The book is meant as a hands on guide, laying out a scenario then showing you how to implement that scenario. There are numerous screenshots throughout each chapter showing you what you should see on the screen for that particular step in the scenario which makes each scenario very easy to follow along with.

This book is squarely aimed at the new user to SharePoint and can be thought of as a precursor to the "Inside Out" series of books from Microsoft which are a little more advanced but still squarely aimed at the end user.

So the question you really need to ask yourself is how well do you know SharePoint 2013? If you are new to SharePoint then this is a good guide showing you the basics of what it does and giving you enough information to get you up and running with a basic site. If you have used SharePoint previously and are fairly comfortable with its use then this is not the book for you.

Recommended for the target audience it covers.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect place for the beginner to start!!! 5 Feb. 2014
By T. Anderson - Published on
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This is the perfect book for the SharePoint beginner. The authors start off with the basics and then move through a ton end use SharePoint features.

They did an awesome job with the structure of the book. Each chapter begins with a visual "Chapter at a glance", and then they provide a detailed list of what you can expect to learn from the chapter.

Here is an example of a typical list of what you can expect to learn. This is from Chapter 5:
▪ Create a site.
▪ Share a site.
▪ Manage site users and permissions.
▪ Create a personal site.
▪ Change a site theme.
▪ Save and use a site template.
▪ Manage site features.
▪ Manage site content syndication.
▪ Delete a site.

Some lists are much larger and others are slightly smaller.

I have list the chapters below to give you an idea of what is covered at high level.

1. Introducing SharePoint 2013
2. Navigating a SharePoint Site
3. Working with Documents and Information in Lists and Libraries
4. Working with Webpages
5. Creating and Managing Sites
6. Making Lists and Libraries Work for you
7. Getting Social
8. Working with Wikis and Blogs
9. Searching for Information and People
10. Managing Work Tasks
11. Working with Workflows
12. Using SharePoint with Excel and Access
13. Working with Business Intelligence
14. Using SharePoint with Outlook and Lync
15. Working with Content Management
A. SharePoint 2013 User Permissions and Permission Levels
B. SharePoint 2013 Features
C. SharePoint 2013 Solutions Required to Complete the Exercises in this Book

One very cool thing about this book is that a free eBook is available for download.

Another cool thing is that the authors provide downloads of SharePoint Solution Packages, Word documents, Excel workbooks, and Access Databases. They are provided so you can do the book's exercises with them.

If you are planning on learning your way are SharePoint, this is the perfect place to start!!!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Penelope Coventry is the SharePoint Super User bomb 11 Sept. 2013
By Albert Reilingh - Published on
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I have read several books by Penelope Coventry. I like reading one chapter per night and be able to understand main points and capabilities. Every step is well explained and has screen shot. The process is very repeatable. I hate reading a programming book and try the exercise and write it exactly as the book says, and it blows up! It is frustrating and then you spend days trying to get it to work only to find someone did a registry hack to get it to work. You won't find this in Penelope's book. Everything works. It provides good insights into the product. It is just the right length that if you do a chapter a night, you won't be up till 2AM. I am currently reading E Carter's Visual Studio and the chapters are 70 to 80 pages. Not an easy read. I prefer Penelope's books!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly well done reference 19 Feb. 2014
By William G. Ryan - Published on
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As an author myself, I could write quite a bit about why I gave this book five stars. Let me try to keep it concise. The book introduces SharePoint 2013 in Microsoft's Step By Step Format (which walks you through common tasks from start to finish). It's definitely geared toward end users (as opposed to developers or administrators) although it's probably right at home on any SharePoint user's desk irrespective of their role. It seems targeted more toward new users and beginners however there's plenty of substance and even experienced users will find this a useful reference. I do a good bit of SharePoint development and a bit of administration so I was already pretty well versed in 2013 by the time i got this book. Development wise, I didn't pick up much (although the book doesn't pretend to be a developer's reference or administrator's guide) but I learned to do several common tasks much quicker and more directly than I otherwise would have. Outside of that, this book would serve any MS Office Power User well b/c it highlights most all of the key features provided by SharePoint 2013.

With that said, I rated this 5 stars and few books in my recent recollection deserve the five stars more than this. If you are going to use SharePoint 2013, buy this book first and save yourself a ton of time and hassle (and drastically reduce your learning curve while you're at it).

1-It's relevant - The authors did a superb job focusing on items that most end users care about most while paying less attention to more minor features.
2-It's very well structured. SharePoint 2013 is a lot different than 2010 (or any of the previous versions) particularly for end users. Because the user interface and user experience is so different, an effective book needs to get to the heart of what's changed. It does so while emphasizing how much easier each feature is.
3-It is very well balanced. I guess this will vary from user to user (after all different people will find different features more important than others) but the coverage is very well blended and balanced. The more useful a feature is and the more flexible it is, the more coverage it gets. I've been using 2013 long enough that I don't have to spend much time looking things up, but I still use this as a reference guide and I always find exactly what i want/need. It doesn't go off on tangents that are unnecessary nor does it leave you wanting for more coverage.
4-It's very well written - The author clearly knows the material inside and out. And they know how to teach it and explain it to others. There are quite a few SharePoint books on the market but this one really stands out in how well (and concisely ) things are explained.
5-It's comprehensive - Some features are simpler than others. Some are more intuitive than others. The really nice thing about how the book is laid out is that it gets you through the simpler stuff very quickly and then leaves room for the more difficult material toward the end.
6-The Layout and balance are excellent. Obviously the books focus is on text and explaining how things work. The authors use a good bit of supporting images to really drive home the points they're trying to make. Too often, images don't flow very well with the text, are located too far away from the text to really make sense or have some other type of problem. The image proportion and location really work well and the editor is to be commended.
7-It's very well edited and well written. I've been through the book several times. With some sections I've been through it 4-5 times. If I've come across a typo or grammatical error I can't remember one. Similarly, I can't think of a single case where i had to reread something or couldn't understand what they were trying to convey.
---All in all it's just a very well done book. The authors put a lot of work into it. They were extremely detail oriented and it shows. While there's much that I can compliment about it, I'd honestly be hard pressed to find a single serious negative about it. And it's not that I'm just that in love with SharePoint driving my sentiment. It's the attention to detail and editing that come together to make it a really easy, entertaining and useful read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction and includes a downloadable ebook 10 Feb. 2014
By R. J Kaucher - Published on
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This book is certainly one of the best introductions to SharePoint that I’ve read. I picked it up as I was looking for something to suggest as further study for new site owners and more advanced users to supplement the training we are doing for our SharePoint 2013 deployment. This book meets those needs perfectly as it has an excellent index enabling users to find a topic quickly that they might need help with. The outward facing side of the pages are also marked so that you can find sections and chapters easily while leafing through. Users who are unable to attend our company’s official training can also read it from front to back and get a first class introduction to the topic.

Don’t forget to download the free ebook version that is included with the purchase. It’s an excellent offer and can make searching the book easier.
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