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Initiate edit mode

SharePoint 2010 Page Concepts

To initiate edit mode so you can make changes to a web page, you must first navigate to the page that needs editing. You can use either of the following actions to get to a specific page:

  • Browse to the page using your internet browser
  • If signed in, click Site Actions, and then click Manage Content and Structure to browse to the page using the windows explorer view

You can use any of the following three actions to initiate edit mode:

  • In the ribbon, click the edit iconEdit_Icon.png
  • Click Site Actions, Edit Page
  • In the Page tab, Edit group, click Edit
  • Edit_Page.png 

    Edit is different than Edit Properties, which is simply an administrative interface to a page. You can update some of your page content and attributes using the Edit Properties functionality, but the Edit functionality is the preferred, most user-friendly way to make simple changes to your web pages.

SharePoint automatically checks the page out to you when you initiate Edit Mode. Also, a yellow Status bar appears under the ribbon noting that the page is checked out and editable.

EXCEPTION: If the page is already checked-out to another user, the page will not go into Edit Mode, and will not be checked out to you. To avoid conflicts with multiple people working on the same page, only one user can edit a page at a time. The yellow Status bar will note that the page is already checked out, and will show the name of the user who is currently editing the page.



You'll notice Edit Mode looks different than the published view of the page. There are boxes for editing, zones for web parts, gray boxes for titles, etcetera. All the changes you make to your web pages will happen in this Edit Mode.

Editing tools, Format Text tab

The Format Text tab is intended to offer tools to style text. CU Denver requires that certain brand guidelines be followed in regard to font and color. Please see the brand guidelines at


NOTE: The formatting tools should not be used to select font attributes—family, size, color and alignment. These characteristics are predetermined for you based on the CU brand, and should be selected through the Markup Styles functionality.

Editing Tools, Insert tab

The Insert tab offers several different elements you can insert into your content areas. You can place tables, images, links, reusable content and various web parts, including special Video/Audio and List web parts.


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