This is the first in a series of posts about using Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010. To get started, I thought it prudent to introduce the topic to those who have not used Custom Actions in SharePoint before. Custom Actions are not a new concept to SharePoint 2010, much of this information also applies to SharePoint 2007.
In a nutshell, Custom Actions allow developers to make references to custom pages, actions, outside resources, etc. to the SharePoint interface. These can be added to:
- The ribbon as a button:
- The Site Actions menu as a menu item:
- The Site Settings screen as a link item:
These custom actions can be added to many other areas of the interface, including List / Library Settings, Central Administration, the Document menu, and so forth.
Custom Actions are defined using an XML file that is part of a SharePoint solution. For example, the following XML would add a link to the Site Actions menu to take a user to Bing:
In the next article: A Step-By-Step guide to create a Custom Action using Visual Studio 2010.