Another Option for Missing “Sign in as Different User” link in SharePoint 2013


In SharePoint 2010, there was a wonderful option called “Sign in as Different User” that would allow you to quickly, easily and painlessly switch user accounts in the browser without losing your place on a site. This worked wonderfully for developers and for Admins where they have multiple IDs. However, it confused the average user and Click to read the full post

A List of All Changes in the October 2012 Cumulative Update


The October 2012 Cumulative Update for SharePoint is out and Microsoft continues to release the list of changes in so many fragments that it is nearly impossible to answer the simple question of what has changed. So, I’ve tried to pull all of the October changes into a single place, like I did back in August. Click to read the full post

A List of All Changes in the August 2012 Cumulative Update


The August 2012 Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010 is out.  However, for some reason, the folks at Microsoft have not yet seen fit to release a single list that shows all of the changes contained in a Cumulative Update.  Instead, they issue two Knowledge Base articles that each in turn include a list of links to other knowledge base articles and sometimes those link to still other knowledge base articles.  Oh, and sometimes they include still more links to other knowledge base articles in the list of fixes!  All of this adds up to make answering the relatively obvious and simple question of “What has been fixed?” a great deal more time consuming than it should be.

Since I have to look at all of the changes anyway, I just went ahead and bundled them up Click to read the full post

Easily Allow Content Authors To Open Links as Dialogs


SharePoint 2010 introduces the new Dialog functionality that allows users to easily edit and update items from links on a page without having to leave that page; this works well and has a nice user experience.  The dialog functionality is primarily intended for use when editing list items or document properties, but I have had numerous requests to open other content (like news items) in dialogs as well.  This is relatively simple to do through JavaScript but does require a developer to be involved for each request, which is often time-consuming and expensive.  Ideally, there should be a way for the Content Authors themselves to specify which links open as dialogs and which do not.  Click to read the full post

The SharePoint Content Editor and the Infinite JavaScript Problem


One of the nice things about the SharePoint Content Editor Web Part is that it lets you easily include your own html and javascript without having to modify the page structure itself and that works really well for most things.  However, many third-party and hosted utilities require you to embed a script in your content that looks something like this :

   <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://external.url.com/SomeID/TheirApp.js"></script>
   <noscript><a href="http://external.url.com/SomeID/">Click here to do something wonderful</a></noscript>

Simple enough and anyone can paste that in.  The catch comes when the javascript file that you are including writes its own HTML into your page. Click to read the full post

Automatically Set the AssemblyFileVersion for Visual Studio Projects


One of the more annoying quirks with dealing with SharePoint is that once you develop a solution that requires custom code, all dependencies are then tied to the Strong Name of the compiled DLL.  That strong name also includes the version number, usually 1.0.0.0, and cannot be changed without breaking all existing references.  This is a good thing from a compatibility perspective but it does make it rather complicated to figure out exactly which version of a DLL is in use.

You can open up the WSP and then use the timestamps and take a guess at the version but it is not always reliable.  Click to read the full post

Phone Numbers in SharePoint and Lync 2010


So, I get an email from a client complaining that their phone icon is not appearing next to some phone numbers in SharePoint but is appearing for others, to which my immediate response was: “What phone icon?”

After some digging, it turns out that this client recently upgraded to Lync 2010 and one of the features in this version of Lync is “Phone Number Detection” that is implemented as an Add on to Internet Explorer. It merely scans the contents of each web page looking for any text that matches a known phone number format.  If phone numbers are found, it then injects html into the already loaded html that will display a small phone icon next to the number. This added html also enables the ability to click on that icon and have Lync dial the number for you.

All in all, a pretty handy feature except if you are editing content in SharePoint.  You see, Lync has no knowledge of “edit mode” of a SharePoint page so it can’t tell that you are editing content in the page and thus doesn’t know to leave the content alone.  Click to read the full post