Web Parts – Summary Link Web Part

This is a kind of cool web part. It’s cool because it allows you to have a "Favorites" list within your team site that is collapsible, can be grouped under categories and then categories can be relocated using drag & drop – and the UI for laying out the information is a lot more intuitive than the standard list presentation page.

It’s only "Kind of" because it does not have an associated list driving the content like a standard links list does. You could build your own, but then the layout UI is not as user friendly.

I see this web part being used mainly in My Sites… but then if you are using a browser to access the site, and you are keeping a list of links that are useful to you in your my site, where is the benefit over the "Links" bar in IE?

Anyhoo, at least y’all know it’s there.


About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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One Response to Web Parts – Summary Link Web Part

  1. David says:

    It is a cool webpart…and, unlike the favorites or Links bar, this will follow you no matter what machine you are logged in on.
    In a corporate environment where different machines may be used in different locations from time to time, this helps provide some small degree of stability…

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