One of the most common requests I received as a SharePoint administrator was to color-code Events on a SharePoint Calendar. Users are accustomed to assigning colors to appointments in Outlook and other calendaring applications, so it’s natural to want that type visual organization in SharePoint as well. Unfortunately, in SharePoint 2007 and earlier, there was… Read More»
My Content Query Web Part Is Missing!
The Content Query Web Part (CQWP) is a very handy tool in SharePoint Server Standard and SharePoint Server Enterprise. It isn’t available in default installations, however. This post will briefly describe how to add the web part to a SharePoint Server web page, and what to do if the Content Query Web Part is missing. The CQWP has a… Read More»
Managing Lists and Libraries – Optimize Your SharePoint URLs
In our Introduction to SharePoint Foundation / Server 2010 course, we briefly mention that SharePoint limits the total URL length of any location in a site: Depending on some variables, it can be up to 256 to 260 characters. (See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff919564.aspx for a technical explanation.) In addition, you’ll run across a 255-character limit for URLs… Read More»
How to Add the Meeting Workspace Button in the Outlook 2010 Ribbon to Create a Meeting Workspace
In the module on Meeting Workspaces in our Introduction to SharePoint 2010 – Using SharePoint Foundation 2010 class, we teach students that there are three ways to create a new Meeting Workspace: From any site, just like you would create any other site (Site Actions > New Site or View All Site Content > Create).… Read More»
SharePoint Blank Site Template and Team Site Template – What’s the Difference?
Hi, and welcome to my first blog post for SharePoint Solutions. I’m looking forward to meeting more of our students and clients in the coming weeks, but I thought I’d jump in and introduce myself through the blog. Today I want to talk about a basic topic that is nonetheless a little puzzling at first… Read More»
Video: How to Create a Custom Task Notification with a SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflow
Two years ago I wrote a blog post about How to Create a Detailed Custom Task Notification with a SharePoint Designer Workflow. That blog post provided step-by-step instructions and screenshots for doing this in SharePoint 2007. I received a lot of questions asking for more information explaining the steps. Back in December I finally decided… Read More»
How to Validate a Non-Required Column in SharePoint 2010
Wow! I never expected to write so many posts about Column Validation. Yet, here I am with the 5th post in what has become a series about Column Validation. Just to recap, here are the links to my previous posts on Column Validation: How to Validate a Due Date in a SharePoint 2010 List How… Read More»
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