Sometimes we need to develop custom solutions or customize SharePoint sites using SharePoint designer. Examples might be when creating detailed user interface elements such as interfaces to complex business system via web parts or changing the styling or branding of a complete site by modifying master pages. At other times we just need to enhance the user experience by adding a small piece of functionality.
One great example of this is to be found in the document centre.
A large upload button is provided to make it easier for our users to start the upload process.
8. Click on the big grey button (Content Editor Web Part) then click on the HTML Source ribbon item
9. The source for the web part is now editable and will be similar to the following which has been slightly reformatted for easier reading
Using a different address such as DavesDocuments/Forms/Upload.aspx allows me to either modify the existing button or create a set of buttons each opening their own library dialogs.The button itself is an image file (uploaddoc.png) above which can also be replaced.
In summary, if you haven’t used it yet, the content editor web part is well worth a look as it is easy to use and gives a lot of potential for enhancing pages without needing the heavier duty development or customization tools.