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Saving, Checking In and Publishing

Saving your edits in SharePoint is a multi-step process: Save & Close and Check In and then Publish.

When you are done editing a page, you’ll want to save your edits and check in the page so that others can view it and so that you can publish it. It'll need to be submitted to an Approver to finish the process by approving and publishing the page - this is all done through simple the workflow below.

Save & Close

In the ribbon, click on the Page tab and click Save & Close (the icon is a purple floppy disc).

The yellow status bar will say "Checked out and editable"

checked out

After you’ve saved, you’ll want to check the page in. This does several important things: it saves a minor version of the page in the page history in case you ever need to revert, it makes it so the page can be submitted for publishing, and others who have login access can see the changes you made.

Check In

To Check In the page, go to the Page tab in the ribbon and click Check In

Make a comment that summarizes the changes you made and click Continue.  

check in

The yellow status bar will now say "Checked In and viewable by authorized users"

checked in

Think of a library book: when you edit a page you have it checked out to you, but in order for other editors to see what you've done and to approve it or change it, you need to check it back in. This process also prevents multiple editors from editing the same page at once and discarding each other's edits. It is important to not leave pages checked out to yourself after you are done editing them.

Discard Checkout
If you need to undo all the edits you've made since checking out a page (an oops!), you can click the arrow beneath the Check In button and select Discard Checkout. This will return the page to the state it was in before you edited it.

Submitting, Approving and Publishing

If you are an Editor, you will need an Approver to approve your changes and then publish the page. To submit a page for approval to be published by an Approver: after Checking In a page, go to the Publish tab next to Page in the ribbon and click Submit


When the white page comes up, click Start


You have now started the publishing workflow. Note that the yellow status bar says "Waiting for Approval"

waiting for approval

If you are an Approver, you can approve a page that has been submitted to be published by clicking on the Publish tab and clicking Approve


Then click Continue

 Next, click Approve.

Your page is now published and live to the world.

More on these terms and how Workflow works can be found here.

It may be helpful to you to set up a rule in Outlook to filter approval emails to a separate folder. Learn how by following these instructions.

See all pages checked out to you:

It's important to regularly check to make sure you haven't left any pages checked out. Follow these instructions to see all pages in your site currently checked out to you.