Sharepoint 2007: Create a Personal Site

1/17/2011 9:19:07 AM
Problem: You want to store files and collaborate with your coworkers online, while keeping some information to yourself. Sometimes the SharePoint administrators have not created a specific site for the purpose you require, and you want to be able to work in the SharePoint environment but do not have the facility to do so.

Solution: My Site is a feature of MOSS through which every user can have his or her own personal site. The site can have private document libraries and lists that are shown and available only to the site owner (unless the owner chooses to share them with other people) and public document libraries and lists where the user can collaborate with other users.

To create a personal site, click the My Site link at the top of the screen, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Clicking the My Site link enables you to create your own personal site.


If the link to My Site does not appear it could be one of two reasons: Either you are working on a site that has WSS only (and not MOSS) or the site manager edited the format of the pages in the site and has removed the link. If the link is not shown and you are sure that the site is using MOSS, contact your administrator and ask for the link to My Site.

If you don’t have a personal site, and the administrator allows personal sites to be created, a personal site is created for you.

After the site is created, a pop-up dialog might appear, asking you if you want to configure My Site for Microsoft Office (see Figure 2). This is a useful feature that adds a link to the personal site in Microsoft Office applications. This will make it easier for you to save documents to your personal site from Office. If you select not to configure it, a button will appear in the top of the site with the text Set as Default My Site that will enable you to configure it in the future.

Figure 2. In this dialog, you can choose to create a link to your personal site in Microsoft Office applications.

Your personal site is then created and ready for you, like the one shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. A personal site created for John Doe.

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