SharePoint General

SharePoint is a gigantic application that can be configured, altered and used for a number of reasons to achieve a desired business outcome and ultimately a return on investment. With SharePoint it seems that the more you know, the more you don’t know, as another door always ends up opening another. That is why we’ve put together the very best SharePoint training guides.

We’ve also put together hand-selected lists aspecifically for SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint Online (Office 365) that will narrow down your search.

1. SharePoint 2016 for Dummies

Firstly is a guide by Rosemarie Withee that covers the newest on-premise version of SharePoint, SharePoint 2016. She makes clear that that there is no doubt that SharePoint is a complex creature. But when broken down into easily digestible chunks, it’s not quite the beast it appears to be right out of the gate—that’s where SharePoint 2016 For Dummies comes in! Written in plain English and free of intimidating jargon, this friendly, accessible guide starts out by showing you just what SharePoint 2016 is, translating the terminology, and explaining the tools. Then it helps you create a site, work with apps, and master basic SharePoint administration. Next, you’ll learn to use SharePoint 2016 to get social, go mobile, manage content, and connect with others through working with Office 365, archiving documents, developing workflows, and so much more.

This is definitely the must have user guide for SharePoint 2016 whether you’re new to SharePoint 2016 or new to SharePoint altogether, SharePoint 2016 For Dummies is the fast and painless way to get up and running.

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SharePoint 2016 for Dummies

 

2. Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Step By Step 1st Edition

Olga M. Londer wrote Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Step By Step and just so happens to be a technology evangelist for Microsoft Corporation having served as a technical lead on numerous projects for major clients and coauthored many books about SharePoint.

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Step By Step concentrates on learning SharePoint 2013 easy and quickly teaches how to boost team collaboration. With Step by Step, you get to set the pace—building and practice the skills you need, a truly great SharePoint 2013 piece.

You will learn how to:

  • Customize your team site’s layout, features, and apps
  • Manage and share ideas, documents, and data
  • Capture and organize content into lists and libraries
  • Automate business processes with built-in workflows
  • Use social features to communicate and collaborate
  • Publish content using enhanced web content management.

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Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Step By Step 1st Edition

3. Microsoft SharePoint Online for Office 365: Administering and configuring for the cloud 1st Edition

Bill English covers SharePoint Online and Office 365 in the piece, Microsoft SharePoint Online for Office 365: Administering and configuring for the cloud.

Use SharePoint Online to provide today’s most advanced collaboration capabilities–without managing your own infrastructure! This concise reference will help you configure and manage SharePoint Online to meet your requirements for functionality, performance, and compliance. Bill English covers user profiles, security, search, records management, App Catalogs, metrics, and more–to derive maximum value from SharePoint Online.

You will learn how to:

  • Choose the version of SharePoint Online that is best for you
  • Manage profiles, properties, audiences, permissions, policies, and MySite settings
  • Use Business Connectivity Services to make SharePoint Online your central hub for all business information
  • Make the most of SharePoint search, indexing, and records and document management
  • Create and manage security and App Catalogs
  • Solve the core issues of governance, risk, compliance, taxonomies, and training

This is a fantastic and easy to ready piece that is highly recommended. View more recommended SharePoint Online and Office 365 guides here.

Microsoft SharePoint Online for Office 365: Administering and configuring for the cloud 1st Edition
Just looking to solve one error? Be sure to check out SharePoint on TechNet for the more technical among you.

4. SharePoint Online from Scratch: Office 365 SharePoint from basics to advanced

SharePoint Online from Scratch gives hands-on instructions on how to practically make use of a SharePoint tenant for an organization, or parts thereof. It is almost entirely no-code. Even if SharePoint Online from Scratch primarily is a handbook, explanations on how SharePoint works are mixed into the instructions. SharePoint Online is an ever changing platform, so the author’s aim is to give a deeper understanding of how to take advantage of SharePoint at the same time as giving practical advice.

Have a look out our specific SharePoint Online and Office 365 guides here.

SharePoint Online from Scratch: Office 365 SharePoint from basics to advanced

5. Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration

Is your organization still on SharePoint 2010? Well either you will be looking at migrating to SharePoint Online, an upgraded version of SharePoint such as SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016 or perhaps due to customizations you may be on SharePoint 2010 for the long haul.

Mainstream support ended for SharePoint 2010 on October 13th 2015.

Be sure to check out the SharePoint 2010 list as well right here.

Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration

6. Custom SharePoint Solutions with HTML and JavaScript: For SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint Online

Custom SharePoint Solutions with HTML and JavaScript shows you how to build and customize SharePoint solutions to suit a wide range of business needs. You don’t need a background in Microsoft technologies; you’ll learn how to rapidly build and customize sites entirely on the front end, starting with out-of-the-box features and extending them with HTML and JavaScript code.

The book starts with an introduction to working with SharePoint on the front end, and how this can help you avoid common pitfalls associated with deploying custom code on the server. You’ll start by using SharePoint’s browser-based tools to place and manipulate out-of-the-box web parts on a page. Then learn to inject some simple HTML and JavaScript to manipulate these web parts. For those who want to dive deeper into JavaScript on SharePoint, chapters cover working directly with built-in JavaScript methods and properties and the JavaScript object model (JSOM), and how to work with the powerful new REST API, which gives you the ultimate flexibility over what you do with your data.

Custom SharePoint Solutions with HTML and JavaScript: For SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint Online

7. Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Step by Step

This is learning made easy! Get productive fast with SharePoint 2016, and jump in wherever you need answers: brisk lessons and colorful screen shots show you exactly what to do, step by step – and practice files help you build your skills. Fully updated for today’s powerful new version of SharePoint, Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Step by Step shows you how to do all this:

  • Customize your team site’s layout, features, and apps
  • Manage and share ideas, documents, and data
  • Capture and organize content into lists and libraries
  • Automate business processes with built-in workflows
  • Use social features to communicate and collaborate
  • Work with SharePoint’s business intelligence features
  • Publish content using enhanced web content management
  • Use SharePoint with Excel, Access, Outlook, and Lync
Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Step by Step

8. Microsoft SharePoint 2007 For Dummies

Mainstream support ended for SharePoint 2007 on October 9th 2012.

Features tips, tricks, and techniques for administrators who need to install and configure a SharePoint portal as well as ordinary users who need to populate and maintain the portal and use it for collaborative projects

Topics covered include setting up a SharePoint portal, matching SharePoint to business needs, managing portal content, branding, collaborating on SharePoint sites, using a portal to improve employee relations and marketing, putting expense reports and other interactive forms on a portal, and monitoring and backing up SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint 2007 For Dummies

9. From IT Pro to Cloud Pro Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Online

Whether you are an IT administrator, developer, or architect, cloud technologies are transforming your role. This guide brings together the knowledge you need to transition smoothly to Microsoft Office 365 cloud-only and hybrid environments. Microsoft MVP Ben Curry and leading cloud architect Brian Laws present specific, up-to-date guidance on administering key cloud technologies, including Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint Online, Azure AD, and OneDrive for Business.

Microsoft cloud technology experts Ben Curry and Brian Laws show you how to:

  • Anticipate and respond to the ways cloud technologies change your responsibilities, such as scripting key management tasks via Windows PowerShell
  • Understand today’s new mix of essential “Cloud Pro” skills related to infrastructure, scripting, security, and networking
  • Master modern cloud administration for Office 365 cloud and hybrid environments to deliver content and services, any time, on any device, from anywhere, and across organizational boundaries
  • Administer and configure SharePoint Online, including services, site collections, and hybrid features
  • Help secure client devices via Mobile Device Management for Office 365
  • Centrally manage user profiles, groups, apps, and social features
  • Bridge Office 365 and on-premises environments to share identities and data
  • Enforce governance, security, and compliance
From IT Pro to Cloud Pro Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Online

10. SharePoint Search Queries Explained: A guide to writing search queries in SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online

SharePoint 2013/Online bring lots of search functionality to the table and in this book search specialist Mikael Svenson will via examples show the ins and outs of: Keyword Query Language (KQL) Query Variables Result Sources Query Rules Search Orchestration You will also get a brief introduction to the FAST Query Language (FQL) and a comparison of the Search Result Web Part vs. the Content Search Web Part.

This book does not cover search schemas, custom full-text indexes or rank profiles, but focuses on the query part of SharePoint and how to use craft search queries for search driven solutions. The book is based on Mikael’s blog series by the same name, and provides an easy access reference and guide to search queries in SharePoint. If you contact the author with proof of purchase you are entitled to a PDF copy of the book.

SharePoint Search Queries Explained: A guide to writing search queries in SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online