A Basic Guide to SharePoint Start Pages

Topics: SharePoint Tips, SharePoint Site, SharePoint Blog

Written by Quentin Russell

SharePoint is a great tool for giving users access to all of their information in one central place. One of the best tools that it offers is the SharePoint Start Page. The SharePoint Start Page is a great way to gain access to all of your data from one page. Let's take a look at what the SharePoint Start Page is and why you should use one.

What is a SharePoint Start Page?

A SharePoint Start Page is the page that comes up when you launch SharePoint from Office 365. The point of the Start Page is to make it easy to find and access SharePoint sites and portals within your SharePoint environment. One thing to note is that the Start Page used to be called the SharePoint Home Page. Your SharePoint Start Page grabs news from the sites you're following, suggested sites, and news from sites you visit frequently.

What Does a SharePoint Start Page Do?

The point of the SharePoint Start Page is to grab news from all over your site and present it in one organized place. This is essentially a social media feed of the SharePoint sites you follow and visit. However, instead of updates about people's lives, you're getting updates about important activity that's happening all across your SharePoint intranet.

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What Comes With a SharePoint Start Page?

There are a number of things that a SharePoint Start Page offers users.

  • Search - The search box is where you can search from sites you've recently visited, viewed, or edited. This also allows you to search for other sites, files, or people in your organization.
  • Create a site - If you have administrator access, you can create a new site. If you want to learn how to create SharePoint sites, you can learn more on our blog.
  • Create a new post - You can create a news post from your SharePoint Start Page.
  • Following - The Start Page shows you what SharePoint sites you're following.
  • Recent - This shows you what SharePoint sites you've visited. You can also click See all to go to a page that lists all of the SharePoint sites you're recently visited.
  • Featured links - This boasts links to SharePoint sites and portals featured by your organization.
  • News from sites - This is a News section that shows recent news from sites you're following, sites you visit frequently, and other news suggested by Office Graph. You can also click See all to see the last 100 articles you've viewed.
  • Frequent Sites - These are the SharePoint sites you visit frequently. You will see the site name, link, and recent activity information about the site. If there are more than 12 or more sites listed in this section, you can click See all to take you to a page that lists all of the SharePoint sites you visit frequently.
  • Suggested Sites - This lists the suggested SharePoint sites generated by Office Graph.
  • Save for later - You can save posts for later and they will be displayed here.

Why You Need a SharePoint Start Page

There are a couple reasons that you should be using a SharePoint Start Page:

  1. You company might have created a hub with all of the sites connected to the hub and all accessible with common navigation. Sites that are not a part of the hub won't be available via your hub. Your SharePoint Start Page will provide you with alternative access to the sites. This is based on your activity rather than a physical structure built by your organization.
  2. If your company doesn't have a hub, a Start Page is the only place where you can access your sites from using the web interface.
  3. The Start Page has the most powerful search box in SharePoint. This searches all of your sites you have access to in addition to your OneDrive.

Conclusion

As we said earlier, SharePoint offers a ton of tools for being able to access all of your information from one place. The SharePoint Start Page is a great, easy way to gain access to everything from one page. If you're not sure about using the SharePoint Start Page, read the blog above to see if it's right for you.

You can find more SharePoint tutorials like this on our blog so make sure to check back there everyday. If you are interested, you can also sign up for our mailing list and receive an email every time we publish a new blog.

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