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SharePoint 2010 - Working with Web Parts
This article explains how to insert, modify, and configure a Web Part on the home page of your SharePoint site.
In SharePoint, a Web Part is a component on a web page. It can act like a window to a component that may be displayed on another SharePoint page on your site. A Web Part may display your calendar or task list or a shared documents library. There are other types of Web Parts that show components like an Excel spreadsheet or a list of site members. You can combine and configure several Web Parts on a single page to show various components on your site.
On the home page, there are several elements that make up the page content. These include text and pictures, but also include Web Parts. For example, the Shared Document section, as well as the Site Information and Helpful Links sections on the right are all web parts.
SharePoint provides numerous pre-built of Web Parts. Most of these are fairly advanced. To insert a Web Part, use the Insert tab on the Editing Tools options to then select the Web Part button.
A Web Part can be edited, and also an item can be added to Web Part. Some Web Parts can be much more complicated and can involve much more configuration which is why you might want to close one you've worked on rather than deleting it. Closed Web Parts can be found in the Closed Web Parts Category.
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