Add and Edit Web Parts

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Web parts allow you to add content or tools to your Synthesis communities. Here, you'll learn how to add web parts to a knowledge community and change two settings that are common across all web parts.

Add a Web Part

  1. Start on the page you want to edit. Click the settings cog and then click Edit Page.


  2. Click the Add a Web Part button in the zone where you'd like the web part to appear. The zone titled 'Right' is a good location for most of the web parts you'll work with.

  3. The Add a Web Part dialog panel will open at the top of the page. Use the Categories section to find the the Microsoft SharePoint or Knowledge Architecture Synthesis web part you are looking for. Select a web part you want to add from the Parts section.  Click the Add button on the right of the panel or Enter on your keyboard to add the web part to your page.

Web parts used frequently by KA Advance members include:

  • The Content Editor web part in the Media and Content category. This web part is good for displaying text, images, and hyperlinked images (aka buttons) on a page.

  • All of the web parts in the Apps category. SharePoint content is typically displayed on site pages dedicated to that content, i.e. a Document Library page or a Calendar page. Links to these pages are managed in the Left Navigation. Another way to display this SharePoint content is with App web parts. App web parts let you add small windows into that same SharePoint content on any page.

Edit a Web Part

  1. Bring your cursor to the web part's upper right-hand corner. When the small triangle and checkbox appear, click on the triangle. Select Edit Web Part. This will bring a configuration dialog box up on the right side of the page.

    If you don't see the small triangle and checkbox, click the settings cog, select Edit Page, and then try again.

  2. In the configuration dialog box, you'll see different sections depending on which web part you're working with. Two sections that are common to all web parts are Appearance and Layout.

  3. In the Appearance  section, you can change the web part's Title and Chrome Type (which controls the border).
    • A Chrome Type of “none” will hide the web part's title and border.
    • You'll also see options here for Height, Width, and Chrome State. We recommend that you accept the defaults for these options.


  4. In the Layout section, you can manually control where a web part appears on the page. 
    • Use the Zone drop-down to move the web part from one zone (labeled Left and Right on most pages, as seen below) to another.
    • Use Zone Index to change the web part's position, moving it up or down, within its zone.
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