SharePoint is powerful. There’s so much you can do with it. If you master a couple of these basic tasks, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an expert.

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Upload files to OneDrive, your personal online document library, so you can access them from anywhere Click OneDrive > New document > Upload existing file.

Screenshot of new document dialog with Upload Existing File button highlighted

See Manage your information.

Open a document in a document library Click to open the document you want to work on and it will open in Office Online. If you have the application installed on your computer and want to use it, click Edit Document > Edit in <application name>.

Screenshot of Word Online with Edit in Word selected

Work with others on the same document, at the same time In a document library, click to open the document you want to work on. It will open in Office Online. The number of people currently editing the document appears at the bottom of the document.

Names of authors working in a file

See Document collaboration and co-authoring.

Share documents with people inside your organization Select the document you want to share, click the ellipses to open the menu, and then click Share.

Screenshot of Share button

See Share ideas, sites, and content.

Share documents and sites with people outside your organization (SharePoint Online only) If you have site owner permissions, click Sites, choose the site you want to share, and then click Share.

Screenshot of Share button on Sites page

See Share sites or documents with people outside your organization.

Create a team site If you have site owner permissions, click Sites > new site.

Screenshot of new site button on Sites page

See Create a site.

Add a list or library to your team site On the site that you want to add the list or library, go to Settings > Add an app.

Screenshot of Settings menu with Add an App button link highlighted

See Add an app to a site.

Keep previous versions of a document while you make changes to it Select the document, on the Files tab, click Version History.

Screenshot of Files tab with the Version History button highlighted

See How does versioning work in a list or library?

Search for something Type a search keyword into the Search this site box, click the down arrow to elect a search scope, and then click the Search icon.

Screenshot of search box

See Find content that’s important to you.

Share information with your entire organization Click Newsfeed, type your message, and then click Post.

Screenshot of Newsfeed box and Post button

See Post something to everyone.

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