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Microsoft® SharePoint® Foundation 2010 Inside Out by Penelope Coventry Errin O’Connor Troy Lanphier, Johnathan Lightfoot, Thomas Resing, and Michael Doyle

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Interacting with Lists by Using Excel and Access

Lists are a concept that was very familiar to information workers long before SharePoint existed. List information is entered in a tabular format, which displays column header information to prompt the user for corresponding field values. Both worksheet (Excel) and database (Access) users employ lists; the difference primarily being that Excel captures list information in worksheets within a workbook, whereas Access captures this information in tables for use inside a relational database.

Within SharePoint, lists are maintained within a site. These lists are interactive and capable of having their content displayed in one or more Web Parts. OK, so there’s nothing fancy there—people have been showing ...

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