10 Things You Can Do in SharePoint Right Now

— Once you master a few of these tasks you can work towards becoming an expert SharePoint user.

By Shaun Walker
Posted: March 09, 2015

If you're new to SharePoint 2013, here are some basic tasks you can start learning how to do today. This article is derived from Microsoft Office Support.

10 things you can do with SharePoint, right now

SharePoint is powerful. There’s so much you can do with it. If you master a couple of these basic tasks, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an expert.

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Upload files to OneDrive, your personal online document library, so you can access them from anywhere

Click OneDrive > New document > Upload existing file.

Screenshot of new document dialog with Upload Existing File button highlighted

See Manage your information.

Open a document in a document library

Click to open the document you want to work on and it will open in Office Online. If you have the application installed on your computer and want to use it, click Edit Document > Edit in <application name>.

Screenshot of Word Online with Edit in Word selected

Work with others on the same document, at the same time

In a document library, click to open the document you want to work on. It will open in Office Online. The number of people currently editing the document appears at the bottom of the document.

Names of authors working in a file

See Document collaboration and co-authoring.

Share documents with people inside your organization

Select the document you want to share, click the ellipses to open the menu, and then click Share.

Screenshot of Share button

See Share ideas, sites, and content.

Share documents and sites with people outside your organization (SharePoint Online only)

If you have site owner permissions, click Sites, choose the site you want to share, and then click Share.

Screenshot of Share button on Sites page

See Share sites or documents with people outside your organization.

Learn how to create a team site, add a list or library to your team site, and more from the rest of this article here: Get started with SharePoint 2013