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August 2008

Improve SharePoint 2007 design and navigation with managed paths

Managed paths give Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 administrators a powerful, yet easy mechanism for building a corporation's collaboration environment. But proper planning that includes an understanding of the needs of all business groups is crucial to the execution of a successful SharePoint design and taxonomy structure. This tip explains what managed paths are, the benefits of using them, and how to define and implement managed paths in a Microsoft SharePoint 2007 portal. Using managed paths can help clarify the design and navigation of a Microsoft SharePoint 2007 implementation. Managed paths aren't new; this functionality was also available in SharePoint 2003. They may seem unfamiliar, however, because administrators don't always use them. This is unfortunate because managed paths are a great way to help improve the structure and usability of a SharePoint portal. There are two types of paths that you can manage: included and excluded. When you define a managed path, you specify it in the URL namespace that ...

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