How to hide the Quick Launch…

The Quick Launch (a.k.a Current Navigation) is available on SharePoint sites to help users navigate to the appropriate lists, libraries and pages. However, on the rare occasion you are asked to hide the Quick Launch (shown in red) you can follow this post. To hide the Quick Launch: 1.  Open the appropriate page and from the Site Actions menu, click Edit Page. 2.  Add a…


Integrate IE7 Instant Search with SharePoint Search

A nice way of increasing adoption of SharePoint within your organisation is to make SharePoint Search available from within IE7’s Instant Search Box (as shown below):   When a user enters a search term, clicks SharePoint and presses return, they will be presented with results from your SharePoint Search Center: How to achieve this on…


Taking SharePoint Files Offline – When to use Outlook 2007, Groove 2007 and/or OneNote 2007

Aim This blog post aims to compare how Outlook 2007, Groove 2007 and OneNote 2007 enable users to take files offline from SharePoint. Hopefully, this will be useful for those who work remotely (away from ‘the office’) but want to view, edit and update documents and/or list items stored in SharePoint without having to use…


Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint Released!

      Codeplex has recently released the source code for the Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint project —based on the Silverlight Beta 2 release. The Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint provide a way for developers to better understand how to integrate Silverlight applications with SharePoint. Five blueprint samples are provided with the release:   1.       Hello World 2.       Media…


"Cloud Services" = SharePoint Online

I recently came across a new product we are creating called SharePoint Online. As the name suggests, the product is web/cloud based and as a result is excellent for scenarios where you have people working remotely or in different geographic locations. By subscribing to SharePoint Online, Microsoft will host your SharePoint site(s) for you. Amongst other things, this saves…


Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297) Released = Enterprise Search Features Available!

The SharePoint team has recently announced the release of an Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297). This update includes Enterprise Search improvements for SharePoint Server 2007. To me, the initial “wow factor” comes from the Federated Search capability and a search administration dashboard. The user interface of both components seemlessly fits into existing installations and can add real…


SharePoint KPI List in Digital Picture Frame!

I have recently seen a very interesting blog post from Edward Wilde who has been able to integrate a SharePoint KPI list with a digital picture frame. This  allows a CxO/Manager to track organisational performance very easily. I think this is a great idea and one which may catch on if developed further. The picture frame works…


Making Web Parts in Visual Studio 2008? Use Smart Templates

If you are looking for a starting point when making Web Parts in the latest version of Visual Studio (2008) it could be worth visiting The SmartPart Web Part project is a great initiative and can be seen in use here. For similar SharePoint Developer projects, see  Enjoy!


Functions for use in a MOSS 2007 column ([Today] [Me] [Other??])

Following the recent questions from my last post I thought it would be useful to highlight what functions are available when creating a column in a list/library within MOSS 2007. This can be useful when creating a: Calculated column based on other columns within a list/library. For example, to calculate the number of days difference between a list item being Created and Modified….


How to see items added to a SharePoint list/library that meet a custom date value?

This post will describe how to create a view of a SharePoint list or library which displays the items/documents that meet a custom date value. Scenario A ‘New Employees’ view is needed on an ‘Employees’ list to allow the Head of HR to see who has joined the organisation in the last three weeks. However, the…