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SharePoint Terminology Part 3: Views

Part 1 of this series of blog posts looked at sites and Part 2 went into more details about Document Libraries which are one of the core building blocks for a SharePoint site. In Part 3, we are going to look at Views for Document Libraries.

SharePoint Views

A View is simply a different way of looking at the information in a Document Library. By default, all Document Libraries have a View called All Items, which, unsurprising, shows you everything in that Document Library!

But different Views can be setup to show different columns of Metadata, to sort the documents in a particular order or to only show particular documents by filtering out the ones your aren’t interested in.

Again, using the previous example, the Invoices Document Library could have a view called “Overdue Invoices”. This would only show Documents where the “Due Date” Metadata was less than today’s date and the “Paid/Unpaid” Metadata was set to “Unpaid”.

This is shown in the example below. This is the exact same Document Library shown in the previous blog post but just showing a different view of the same Invoice documents.

Sharepoint Document Library view

Or we could have another view that shows all invoices for last year. Or a view that shows all invoices that are unpaid. Or a view that groups all the invoices by Company. And all this is possible because we are storing Metadata for each document.

Again, the example below is the same Invoices documents library, this time showing the invoices grouped by Year and Month.

Sharepoint Document Library grouped view

For a given Document Library the chances are that the person who built the Library has already set up some useful standard views for you to use. But it is also possible for you to create your own “personal” views that are just for you and contain the information you need to carry out a specific task.

The final blog post will briefly look at Lists and other functionality for Document Libraries that you might find useful.

Rob Leverton

Rob has worked as an IT technician and project manager with Connexion for 14 years before moving into his current role as head of the technical services team.

Although Rob comes from a technical background he’s very much a people person and he is exceptionally good at building excellent working relationships with our customers and his technical team to deliver service excellence to our clients.

Rob Leverton

James Stratton

James is passionate about technology and how it can transform business.  Having worked with hundreds of businesses in many different sectors over the last 25 years he has a huge amount of business IT knowledge that he enjoys imparting to Connexions customers.

James is responsible for Connexions strategic development and also still enjoys a role in consulting and sales and marketing