LIS 523 - Uploading to Your Document Library

You will submit most of your work for the course by posting short items to the SharePoint discussion boards or by e-mail. A few requirements (the structure diagram, the wireframe, and the site itself), however, are to be uploaded to your document library.

Each of you will be assigned an individual document library, to which you will have contributor access while others will have only reader access.

The default home page for a document library is Forms/AllItems.aspx. Leave this as is.

To upload a file to your site, go to your document library and click on "Upload Document". On the "Upload Document" page, type in the pathname of your file or click on the "Browse" button and select the file from the "Choose file" dialog; then click on "Save and Close".

You should now be back on the document library page. Click on the name of the file you just uploaded (the extension is typically omitted) to verify that it has been uploaded. The URL of your uploaded file will consist of the URL of your document library plus the name and extension of the file. The URL that you use to point to the home page of your site must include the file name and extension; for example, index.htm.

To delete an uploaded file, click on its row in the "Edit" column on the document library page and then click on "Delete".

On the "Edit Item Form" page, you may notice "Check Out", "Version History", and "Discuss", but you should not use these: the first is useful only when more than one person may be working on the document; the second is useful only when versions are enabled, which is not the case by default; the third, which requires Internet Explorer, invokes the Web Discussions feature, where, although you can comment on files, the comments are not sent to any SharePoint discussion boards. The "Edit in Microsoft Office FrontPage" link, which requires Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office, seems to work after a fashion, but you may see unexplained errors or the update may not take on the first try.

Note that you can create folders within your document library with the "New Folder" link. You may find this useful if you create your site with a tool that makes use of separate folders to store certain kinds of files, such as images.

There are also alternative methods that you may be able to use to upload to your document library. The server does not support FTP; so, the "publish" feature of Netscape Composer, for example, is not likely to work. One method that is likely to be usable is the "Web folders" or "network places" available in more recent versions of Windows and downloadable for older versions of Windows as an added component for Internet Explorer (though, once installed, the feature actually shows up also in other Microsoft applications, such as Windows Explorer). You may also be able to use a separate WebDAV client program. If you want to try such an alternative method for mounting your final project, make sure you know that it works for you well before the end of term and be careful not to delete or modify any of the required SharePoint files.


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Last updated August 31, 2005.
This page maintained by Prof. Tim Craven
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Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario,
London, Ontario
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