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March, 2014:

Tomorrow April the First 2014 the San Diego SharePoint User Group Meeting will take place

Tomorrow we will have our San Diego SharePoint User Group meeting as always in New Horizons facilities in 7480 Miramar Rd San Diego, CA 92126. The speaker will be Virgil Carroll and the topic User Experience, 2013 style, here is the session brief:

San Diego SharePoint User Group

San Diego SharePoint User Group

In even the most creative SharePoint implementation plan, we cannot escape one reality we all face:  the user.  Though the most difficult part of most projects to understand, the user plays a critical part in the success of an overall deployment. In this session, we are going to look closely at new strategies which can be implemented (or improved) in 2013 around understanding our users, building solid user interfaces to support them and deploying them in a manageable way.  Each step of the way, Virgil will give attendees a firm understanding of how these strategies can be accomplished in both a 2013 and current 2010 environment.
Creating your own Information Architecture best practices in SP2010/SP2013
In the session, Virgil will explore how to develop a solid information architecture strategy for the different aspects of your SharePoint implementation, including collaboration sites, portals and processes.  After creating firm IA objectives, the rest of the session will explore how these best practice implementations would differ from SharePoint 2010 to 2013.  The session will compare/contrast the feature sets and discuss how to take advantage of both to deliver a user-centric SharePoint experience.

Bring your questions and see you there!

Speaking at the First Live SharePoint Saturday Gulf

Next April 12, 2014 I will present a session called “Introduction to Intranet Planning” in the 1th Live SharePoint Saturday Gulf event, this is a remote live session. In this session we will explore what are the different approaches available to define our company Intranet, do you want to use your Intranet to community corporate info to your employees? or just to provide a collaboration tool for departments?, in this session I want to explain the different between communication portal and collaboration team sites and how can we create a connection between to help our users share departmental content without exposing your team site security. There are a lot of sessions about how to install and maintain our SharePoint farm and services but in this one lets explore how to use existing SharePoint services and create an intranet framework that fit our organization communication and collaboration requirements.


Join the conversation and see you there! Register here

Free SharePoint 2013 Training Videos

Videos for SharePoint 2013


  • Video: Introduction to libraries
    In this introductory video you will get an overview of how working with SharePoint libraries can help you organize documents and other files.
  • Video: Adding documents to a library
    There are several ways that you can add documents to a SharePoint library. You can create a new document right inside the library, or you can upload an existing document from another location. You can also drag and drop multiple documents into a library.
  • Video: Create a list
    Learn how to create a list on a SharePoint site. You need to have permission to add an app to the site to create a list. For more information about permissions, see related articles and videos.
  • Video: Add items to a list
    Learn how to add items to a SharePoint list individually, or several at a time by cutting and pasting from a spreadsheet. The video uses a Contacts list as an example, but the process is similar for many other types of list.
  • Video: Follow a SharePoint site
    This video shows how to follow a SharePoint web site that interests you so you can find the site easily in your list of followed sites, and so you can see activity from the site feed in your own newsfeed.
  • Video: Share a list or library with your team
    Learn how to share a list or library with your team. The video shows a few ways to share a direct link to a list. Email a Link works for everyone, regardless of your permissions. If you created the list or the site the list is on, use List > Share With.
  • Video: Create your own calendar
    You can use a calendar to store team events, including meetings, social events, and all-day events. You can also track team milestones, such as deadlines or product release dates, that are not specific to a time interval. With a calendar on the SharePoint site, you and your colleagues will have easy access to common schedules and dates.
  • Video: Adding events to a calendar
    In less than 2 minutes, learn how to add events to a SharePoint calendar. You can use a calendar to store team events, including meetings, social events, and all-day events. You can also track team milestones, such as deadlines or product release dates that are not specific to a time interval.
  • Video: Understanding permissions in SharePoint
    Are you confused about how permissions work in SharePoint? Controlling access to sites, libraries and items in those libraries is an important part of using SharePoint in your organization. This conceptual video explains the basic guidelines to follow when working with SharePoint permissions. You’ll get an overview of these guidelines, including how to creating unique permissions for sites, sub-sites, and libraries by breaking permissions inheritance.
  • Video: Get to know OneDrive for Business
    OneDrive for Business is the place to store and share your work documents in the cloud. Use OneDrive for Business in your web browser or sync it to your computer to access content locally and when you’re offline. Access your OneDrive for Business content on all your favorite devices, including Windows Phone, Surface RT, Windows 8, and iPhone or iPad. This video provides a quick overview of OneDrive for Business features.


  • Video: Use columns to track, sort, and filter files in a SharePoint library
    You can add columns to a library and then sort and filter by those columns to see only the information you need. Using columns to track, sort and filter documents, for example, you can view items in your libraries more efficiently without actually changing the structure of the libraries and how files are organized.
  • Video: Share documents
    This video shows how you can share a document in your OneDrive for Business library with your co-workers. You can invite a person or group to view or edit the document or folder and they will receive an email notification that includes a link to that item. You’ll also see how to respond when you’re notified that someone is sharing a document with you.
  • Video: Use columns and folders together to view library items
    If you are working with libraries that contain many items and folders, you can customize how items appear in those libraries. Learn how to create specific views of items in a library that will let you sort and filter the documents across folders based on library columns you add to the library.
  • Video: Add a column to a list or library
    Learn how to add a column to a list or library on a SharePoint site. The video shows how to add existing columns in the list to a view and also how to create a new column in the list. Everything shown also works for a library.
  • Video: Copy or move library files by using Open with Explorer
    This video shows how to open a library on a SharePoint site in File Explorer and then drag multiple files to a library on another site. First, we show how to do this when you have all the latest software. Then we show an alternate way to do this when you have previous versions—for example Windows 7, Office 2010, and Internet Explorer 9.
  • Video: Use folders and File Explorer to organize your SharePoint library
    Are your SharePoint libraries getting out of control? Do you need to organize your documents in a way that is manageable and makes things easier to find? Use folders and Explorer to create folders that group your documents logically and then drag and drop files into those libraries either directly within SharePoint, or by using Explorer.
  • Video: Document library versioning and email alerts
    You can set up your SharePoint libraries so that as you work with files in a library, you can track versions of the files over time. This might be useful if you need to go back and restore a previous version of a document, or if you just want to see the history of a file – the person that modified it last, when it was last modified – that sort of thing. You can also configure a library so that if anything changes in the library, or to a library item itself, you are alerted via email.
  • Video: Start a newsfeed on a team site
    Some posts may not be suitable for the public newsfeed. This video shows you how to set up a newsfeed that’s available only to a selected group of people.

  • Video: Include tags and mentions in a newsfeed post
    Use can use #tags to draw attention to your post and to help people sort posts under labels. You can also use @mentions to draw attention to other people, and to alert those people that you’ve mentioned them.
  • Video: Add a link to a document to a newsfeed post
    You can add a document link from a SharePoint library to a newsfeed post. For some Office documents, such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, a document thumbnail accompanies the link, and people can click the thumbnail to see the content of the document in a Web App viewer.
  • Video: Post something to everyone
    You can post to the public newsfeed to start a conversation that everyone in your organization can see. You can add a variety of features to a post, such as a picture, #tag or @mention, and links to documents, websites, and videos. Anyone who sees your post can reply to it. People who are following you see your post in their Following view as well as in their Everyone view. People who aren’t following you see your post only in the Everyone view of the newsfeed.
  • Video: Sync OneDrive for Business to your computer
    If you have the OneDrive for Business sync client, you can sync your OneDrive for Business library to your computer, and then work with your library files directly in your file system. This also gives you access to your OneDrive for Business library documents when you’re not online. This video shows you how to sync your OneDrive for Business library and how to find the synced folder in your file system.
  • Video: Sync a team site library to your computer
    If you have the OneDrive for Business sync client, you can sync team site libraries to your computer, and then work with your library files directly in your file system. This also gives you access to the library documents when you’re not online. This video shows you how to sync a team site library and how to find the synced library folder in your file system.
  • Video: Work with documents in a synced library folder
    Once you sync your OneDrive for Business library or other SharePoint libraries to your computer, you can work with files in these library folders just as you would with other files in your file system. For example, open or save files in these folders while working in Office applications. This video provides a summary of ways to work with documents in synced library folders.
  • Video: Stop or pause syncing libraries with OneDrive for Business
    You can automatically sync SharePoint libraries with your OneDrive for Business folders. There may be times, however, when you may need to stop or pause the syncing of these libraries. For example, if your SharePoint site was moved to another server, you would need to stop syncing the libraries in order to reset the connection to the new server. In less than a minute, learn how to stop or pause syncing libraries on your SharePoint site with the OneDrive for Business folders on your computer.
  • Video: Create a blog
    See how you can quickly create a SharePoint 2013 blog site that you can use to share your knowledge with team members. This video shows you, in about a minute, how to create a blog site.
  • Video: Permissions for blog lists or libraries
    When working with SharePoint blogs, not only can you set unique permissions for a blog, you can also set unique permissions for lists or libraries containing posts and comments, for example. In this way, you can limit the number people in your organization that can approve posts or comments in a blog, for instance.
  • Video: Managing blog post categories
    Managing blog post categories is easy. In this short video, learn how to rename, add or delete post categories to help readers find the posts that they are most interested in.
  • Video: Create a personal view of a list or library
    Learn how to create your own personal view of a list to organize and display information. This video uses a Contacts list as an example, but the information applies to many other types of lists and also to libraries.
  • Video: Control access to your SharePoint libraries
    Do you want to limit access to a particular document library containing items that are not meant to be available to everyone in your company or on your team? If you are working on a project with a select group of colleagues, and you want to share documents related to the project with only those colleagues, you can identify specific people or groups that can access those documents. Watch this short video to learn about customizing permissions for a specific library on your site.
  • Video: Add a link to a page
    There are several ways to add a link to a page in SharePoint. You can add a link as a placeholder to a page that you have not created yet, or you can add a link to an existing page, list, or library. This video shows you how do to both.
  • Video: Update your profile privacy settings
    This video shows how to update your profile and newsfeed privacy settings, so that you can decide what’s visible to others in your profile or newsfeed. Your ability to update this information depends on how profiles and newsfeeds are set up in your organization.

Source: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-help/videos-for-sharepoint-2013-HA104071338.aspx?CTT=1