Using calendars to manage time and resources is a common requirement in many systems and for many reasons. Being able to quickly and easily create calendars and views of events has always been a powerful tool within SharePoint. Often however the out of the calendar features were not sufficient to meet users needs and third party equivalents needed to be considered.
SharePoint 2010 has enhanced calendar facilities that offer some extra features to help with this.
This will take you through the dialogs needed to create a new calendar type list as per SharePoint 2007. In order to get the new features we need to activate a feature at the site level.
To see this use the, ‘Site Actions | Site Settings | Manage Site Features’, links.
After this has been activated the calendar list has a new option to use the calendar as a group calendar
Select yes here and return to the new calendar and you will see some new buttons
Select either Day group or Work group and you will see a new view of the calendar as seen below
This is a nice step on from the 2007 calendar allowing us to manage people. SharePoint server adds the ability to manage resources such as rooms and equipment as well.
If you need to use multiple calendars to track events, then this next feature will really help. This is that of ‘Calendar overlays’ whereby we can view multiple calendars at once in a single view – as if the calendar contents had been laid on top of each other.
On the ribbon for the Calendar there is a new button
Note: Although the link says new calendar it means add a view of an existing calendar
When pressed displays the following where you select the calendar to be overlaid.
The calendar can either be a SharePoint calendar or an Exchange calendar! – Another significant enhancement.
The result is in my case two calendars being combined showing events in one view
This can be used in many ways to keep track of different teams or individuals. The calendars can be from different sites or as mentioned can be Microsoft Exchange calendars
And at this point of the development of our new SharePoint 2010 course, time is speeding up as we get closer to our alpha date. Our First Run Pilot session on April 13-16 in Washington will then be next. If you would be interested in attending, let us know!
No matter how good the calendars are, they mean nothing unless we actually use them and carry out the work. My calendar entries for this week are beginning to fill up with items of course material to review !
Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines :-)
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