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Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Designer 2007 Bible by Vikram Kartik

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11.1. Understanding SharePoint Web Parts

SharePoint Web parts are mostly just special types of Web controls that provide a specific set of features and abilities for a SharePoint site. For example, the Image Web part allows you to display pictures on a SharePoint Web site. By default, SharePoint provides a large number of Web parts that are either used by the sites themselves or can be inserted on the Web pages by using the SharePoint interface. Before discussing more about Web parts, I want to briefly talk about the various galleries that are available in SharePoint sites.

If you go to the Site Settings page of a SharePoint site by choosing Site Actions Site Settings Modify All Site Settings, there are a number of galleries in the section called Galleries. These galleries are basically libraries that hold special types of documents and files. You can expect to see the following galleries on a SharePoint site:

  • Master pages: This gallery holds the default master pages and page layouts that are available for a SharePoint site. Page layouts are available only for MOSS Web sites.

  • Site content types: Holds the default and user-created site content types available for use on a Web site

  • Site columns: Holds the default and user-created site columns available for use on a Web site. Think of ...

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