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Add New Web Parts from the Galleries

Now, if you have a bit of sparkle to add that doesn't seem to fit any of the web parts currently dancing on your SharePoint site, you might want to pop over to the web parts galleries to add a different web part.

What you'll find there varies with the template and any bells, stars, and whistles added by your IT department, but, as you might expect, you can rummage around to find all sorts of great stuff to add to your personal page view. To get to the gallery, follow these steps:

  1. Click Modify My Page, Add Web Parts, Browse, as shown in Figure 4. The Add Web Parts menu appears, offering several galleries from which you can choose.
    Figure 4

    Figure 4 Add a new web part.

  2. When you select one of the galleries listed at the top of the menu, the available web parts in that gallery appear at the bottom.

You can browse around in these gallery web parts, choosing the ones you need. Most of the web parts contain self-explanatory wizards to help you figure out what you can do with the web part. Since I'm not really trying to explain all the types of web parts, the following sections discuss just two of the types you could select: the Content Editor web part and the Image web part.

The Content Editor

The Content Editor is a flexible web part that offers a title bar with plenty of room for freeform text below it. On my sample page, I used it for personal reminders and memory joggers, but any text can be added to your home page this way.

Using it is fairly simple:

  1. Open the gallery (Modify My Page, Add Web Parts, Browse).
  2. From the listings in the top section of the Add Web Parts dialog box, select the site gallery for this SharePoint page.
  3. From the lower list, select Content Editor Web Part.
  4. At the bottom of the gallery menu, select the zone (left or right, for example) and click Add. The Content Editor web part pops into place in the selected zone on your page.
  5. In the new Content Editor web part, move your cursor over the words "open the tool pane" (see Figure 5) and click this link.
    Figure 05

    Figure 5 Click the link to display the tools.

  6. In the Content Editor, click the Rich Text Editor button.
  7. In the text editor (see Figure 6), enter text, format it as you like, and click the Save button.
  8. Figure 6

    Figure 6 Entering and editing text.

The text editor allows you to enter text in a Microsoft Word–style environment, with the opportunity to choose fonts, colors, boldfacing, italics, and the like. It's slow and quirky, but it's functional.

In the Content Editor Web part dialog box, change the title of this web part by clicking the plus (+) sign in front of Appearance to expland the menu; then type your new title in the Title field (see Figure 7).

Figure 7

Figure 7 The title has been changed to "Blog Starters."

Click OK when you're ready to close the Content Editor.

If you don't like the placement of this new web part, you can move it around by clicking the title bar, waiting for your cursor to turn into a plus sign, and then dragging the web part to a new location in the same zone. A blue horizontal bar lights up in the new location where the part will drop into place when you release the mouse button.

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