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Students: Getting Started with SharePoint

Frequently Asked Questions

SharePoint is a Microsoft tool used to connect people and information. It provides a central location for shareing information with other users.It is a mangement and document management system. SharePoint is web-based and accessible from anywhere in the world via an internet connection

How do I access SharePoint?

What is My Site?

What is my links?

My Home Vs. My Profile

How do I edit My Profile

How do I create a Calendar?

How do I connect My Calendar to Outlook?


How do I access SharePoint?

Students will login to the collaborative portal for student-oriented sites
The collaborative portal URL is You will be prompted to login. Your username is your email address (including the and the password is your usual LAN password.

If you are having difficulty logging in or would like further information please contact the Help Desk at 280-HELP or

What is My Site?

My Site is a personal site that gives you a central location to manage and store your documents, content, links, and contacts. My Site serves as a point of contact for other users in your organization to find information about you and your skills and interests.

My Site presents lists of memberships, such as distribution lists, and shows you how you can share those lists with other people. My Site displays a list of your colleagues and an organization hierarchy diagram to show your position within your immediate team. When other people visit your My Site, they can quickly see what they have in common with you —colleagues whom you both know, memberships that you share, and the first manager whom you both share.

My Home vs. My Profile

Your My Site includes two parts: a personal site called My Home and a public profile page called My Profile.

My Home

You are the administrator of the personal site, which starts with a private home page. My Site is similar to having your own personal SharePoint site — you can create document libraries and picture libraries,calendars, surveys, tasks, and other SharePoint lists. You can create other pages on your personal site and provide links
to those pages by using your public home page. Any of the documents and lists that you create in your personal site can be shared with other people or viewed by only you.

My Profile

Your administrator determines how the profile page looks, but you decide whether to add more detail. You can also control how some of the content on the public profile page is shared with various groups of people. Click on this link to view privacy information.

How do I edit my Profile?

1. In the Actions list, click Edit Profile.

2.On the Edit My Profile page, type information for the properties you want to display to other people in your organization.

3. To save these changes, click Save and Close on the toolbar. To leave your user profile without making changes, click Cancel and Go Back.

How do I create a Calendar?

1. Click View All Site Content on the Quick Launch.

2. Click Create on the All Site Content page.

3. Select, Calendar.

How do I Connect My Calendar to Outlook?

1. From the Calendar within SharePoint, Click, Actions in the drop down menu

2. Select, Connect to Outlook. A pop-up box will appear asking if you are sure you want to complete this action?

3. Select, Yes

What is My Links?

The My Links page allows you to keep track of your favorite Web sites and access them from any computer on your network. When you log on, My Links appears in the upper-right corner on every site. By using the My Links menu, you can easily add new links, reorganize your links, access sites where you are a member, and click links to save them to your my links list


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