Get access to a SharePoint site

You're ready to start using a site — where do you get access to one?

When you're starting out, you can get access to a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 site in one of three ways:

  • You already have the proper permissions to a site because a site owner has added you to the site, so you can just browse to it.

  • You don't have permissions to a site, so you must request access to the site before you can browse to it.

  • You create your own site. You can then add other people and groups to your site and even have a welcome message with the site's address sent automatically to those people.

Browsing to a site you have access to

If you were granted permissions to a particular site, you can navigate to that site as you do any Web site.

Note: This article refers to an example SharePoint site created by Adventure Works, a fictitious company that manufactures bicycles, bicycle components, and bicycling accessories.

For example, Diana, a new employee for the Adventure Works Marketing team, wants to get information about absence reporting at the company. On the Marketing site, she notices a tab labeled New Hire Wiki.

Top link bar for Marketing site

Knowing that she has permissions to the site, she clicks the tab, and the New Hire Wiki home page opens.

Wiki tab on top link bar

Requesting access to a site

If you try to access a site and an error message appears, you must request permissions from the site owner by clicking Request access and entering some information in the request form that appears.

Note: If Request access is not on the page, the request access feature has not been enabled. In this case, contact the site administrator directly.

Access denied page

In this example, Chris wants to request access to a site containing information that he needs for a report.

Request access page

To do this, Chris clicks the Request access link, types his request, and then clicks Send Request. A message is sent to the site owner with the request for permissions to the site.

Creating a site

Office SharePoint Server 2007 makes it easy to create your own site. When you create a new site, you choose from several templates that provide an excellent starting point. These templates contain pages, lists, libraries, and other elements that can help your team work together on projects, collaborate on documents, and manage meetings. After selecting the template that best meets your needs, you can add, remove, and customize the appearance of its elements, such as text, graphics, pages, lists, and libraries.

Template selection options

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