today I’ve teached my students about the „Connect to Office“- Button in the SharePoint 2010. I don’t know any student how is not sold on this button – and they are all right! This button is one of the best buttons you can use in SharePoint! OK, before I told you why, i told you how it works.
You have a document library with several Content Types, two Word Documents and an Excel Sheet.
Fine, and know you push THE button. Choose „Add to SharePoint Sites“ under „Connect to Office“ in the Ribbon toolbar.
Click on it and you see the Content Types from the library in word. Of course, you’ll found the Excel Sheet Content Type in your local Excel Client.
As you see- this is the way you can take SharePoint Content Types to your local Word with all the custom templates and Document Properties and all of this stuff. And -yes -, the Content Types works offline- even if the Save Location isn’t SharePoint, of course!
- The user starts his Word Client, create a document, search a location (SharePoint or FileSystem) and load the Document to this location,
- or the user search the location in SharePoint and create his document at this position.
With the connect, the user don’t have to search a location…