Getting the most out of SharePoint Designer 2007

If you deal with SharePoint Customization, you’ll likely be using SharePoint Desginer 2007.  This tutorial will help you get the most out of your workspace by creating a custom toolbar which will give you quick access to common tasks.

Create a Custom Toolbar

  • Right click in a blank area next to your toolbar and select Customize.

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  • Select the Toolbars Tab and click New.
  • Name your Toolbar anything you like.  In my case I chose SharePoint Workspace

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  • Click on the Commands Tab.  Notice that in the Categories list on the left you have all your available menus with the options each has showing on the right in the Commands section.  You can drag and drop commands on to your custom bar to add them.  In this case we want to create a bar that will give us the best options for Customizing SharePoint sites.

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From the File Category Drag the following items to your bar:

  • Workflow
  • CSS
  • New Website
  • New Subsite
  • SharePoint Content
  • Document Library
  • List
  • Create from Master Page
  • SharePoint Master Page
  • Publish Selected Files
  • SharePoint Site Template

We will stop here for the example but you can continue adding buttons as you see fit, moving through the categories and commands.

Drag your bar to the top of the screen until it snaps into place.  You now have your most common used items at your finger tips.

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You can easily customize your bar further by selecting the Rearrange Commands Button.

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Happy Customizing … Hope it Helps!

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