Web Parts Pages

The home page of your site is a Web Parts Page--meaning that it is made up entirely of Web Parts. Text editing is not available by default.


There are two types of pages in UNC's instance of SharePoint: Wiki Pages (also referred to simply as Pages), which are similar to web pages; and Web Parts Pages.

Although these pages may appear or function partly as web pages, UNC does not have an external license for SharePoint.  This means that, like all other SharePoint content, this content cannot be accessed by anyone without an ONYEN, and is not a substitute for a website.


Creating & Editing Web Parts Pages

In a default SharePoint site, the content items shown on the home page are known as Web Parts. The sections of your home page labeled Announcements, Calendars, and Links are all Web Parts.  The home page of your site is a Web Parts Page--meaning that it is made up entirely of Web Parts.

Text editing is not available by default on a Web Parts Page.  Once you begin adding & editing Web Parts, the Web Parts Tools tabs will appear in addition to the Page tab already present.  Since there are no Editing Tools tabs, an additional Content Editor Web Part & Page Tools: Insert tab allow you to insert many of the elements of a Wiki Page.


What is a Web Part?

A Web Part (sometimes called a Widget) collects information from different parts of your site to display in a compact format on a single page.  You can add Web Parts from pre-existing site content; or, with certain Web Parts, content can be created as you go.

If you're familiar with the School of Medicine Web System, think of Web Parts as portlets.  You can display pieces of information from other parts of your site, such as announcements or events; and you can also create Web Parts from scratch, adding your own relevant text & links.


Creating a Web Parts Page

To create a Web Parts Page, click Site Actions (in the Top Bar) > More Options... > Create > Page (below All Types) > Web Parts Page.  The New Web Parts page requires the information pictured below.  The most important part of this setup page is the Layout Template.  Click through the options; many templates are available.  For this example, Header, Footer, 3 Columns is selected.


Web Parts Setup


At first, with no Web Parts added, you'll see a screen similar to the one below.  Note that the Page tab contains different options for Web Parts Pages than  for Wiki Pages:




  • Edit - Add or remove web parts.
  • Manage - Edit or delete a Web Parts Page.  View previous versions of the page, or manage permissions.
  • Share & Track - Set an alert.  SharePoint will email you when the page is modified.  Send email with a link to the page.
  • Approval - Approve or reject items, using a preexisting workflow.
  • Workflow - Create a new workflow for the page, or manage the current workflow.
  • Page Actions - Make this page the default view of your site.  Change the appearance of the page's title bar, or choose which information will be displayed when a user accesses your site from a mobile device (PDAs, smartphones, etc.).


Once you have set these options to your liking, it's time to start adding Web Parts.


Adding Web Parts

To add a Web Part to a Web Parts Page, click the Add a Web Part link in the desired location.  There are many Web Parts to choose from; the one selected below is a special one, called the Content Editor.

The Content Editor Web Part allows you to create Wiki Page content (e.g., explanatory text with hyperlinks) within a Web Parts Page.  More information about this particular Web Part is available at Microsoft's SharePoint: Get the Point blog.


Add Web Part


Adding Other Content to a Web Parts Page

In addition to the method above for adding Web Parts & Wiki content areas, the Page Tools/Insert tab is available for adding content.  To access the Page Tools/Insert tab, click the blue border around the desired content area.  The Page Tools/Insert tab will appear above the ribbon.  This function is available, even if there is already a Web Part present in the content area.

Most of the Text, Media & Web Parts options from Functions Available on the Insert Tab are available from the Page Tools/Insert tab, but not Tables or Links.


Page Tools



Editing & Deleting the Web Parts Displayed

In SharePoint 2007, options for modifying & deleting Web Parts were available as a drop-down menu. In 2010, the arrow is hidden by default, but rolling over the title of the web part will reveal the hidden options:



To move a Web Part, click & drag its title bar to the desired location (in Edit mode).  You can either rearrange Web Parts within a content area, or move them from one content area to another.


Web Parts Tools

To access the Web Parts Tools, either choose Edit Web Part from the Web Parts options drop-down menu (above) for advanced editing, or select the check box to its right.  Note that you can select multiple Web Parts to modify all at once.  When the check box is selected, the Web Parts Tools tab becomes available:


Web Parts Tools


  • Properties - Show advanced editing options.
  • Relationships - Insert a related list, if applicable.
  • State - Delete or minimize selected Web Parts (or revert them to full-size, if already minimized).
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