Chapter 9

Viewing Data in Your Apps


Knowing when to create a view

Understanding view formats

Working with various views

Managing views that already exist

Displaying views by using Web Parts

Anumber of apps ship with SharePoint, and you can also create custom apps (as discussed in Chapter 8). SharePoint also lets you create additional pages, or views, that you can use to customize the display of the information in apps. In Excel, you might hide rows and/or columns to create a new view of the data. In a database, you may query only certain fields and use criteria to create a specific snapshot of data. The concept is similar with views.

Common reasons for creating new views include showing only active items, only tasks associated with a certain person, only documents in a certain category, and so on. These views help users find or focus on certain data in the app without having to see everything, all the time.

In this chapter, you discover how to manually create new views and how to modify existing views.

Viewing the View

Each SharePoint app comes with at least one view, the All Items view, which is a public view available to app users. Document Library apps start with the All Documents view. Certain apps come with several more predefined views, such as the Discussion Board app, which has special views for showing threaded discussions.

You use the SharePoint Ribbon to access the options for changing an app’s views. Figure 9-1 shows the List tab under List tools ...

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