For Developers

InfoPath vs ASPX: Which Electronic Form Is the Most Useful in SharePoint?

Last week I presented one of our most popular webinars: Build Better Forms with InfoPath and SharePoint. As part of the registration process, one of the attendees asked about the limitations of InfoPath when compared to ASPX (Active Server Page Extended File) forms. This isn’t a topic I’d addressed in previous webinars, but I added a few slides to discuss it. In this post, I’ll e... »

Add a SharePoint Designer Workflow Email BCC Recipient

One of the most common Actions used in SharePoint Designer custom workflows is “Send an Email.” This Action allows you to specify recipients, subject lines, and the email body with combinations of text and dynamic content. One desired feature that seems to have been left out, however, is the ability to send a blind carbon copy (BCC) to a recipient. There seems to be no BCC option in th... »

Custom Discussion Board Rollup using Content Query Web Part and XSL

A problem was recently posted on one of our SharePoint Solutions Help Community Forums. The situation was that an individual wanted to “roll up” multiple discussion boards from multiple sub-sites; essentially pulling the content from different discussion board lists. One solution is to upgrade to SharePoint 2013 and take advantage of all the new social features such as Communities. Ano... »

SharePoint Calendar Overlay with a Library or Other List

The ostensible purpose of the Calendar Overlay feature in SharePoint 2010 is to aggregate multiple calendars into one master, or roll-up calendar. The appointments in each calendar can display in an assigned color, allowing for a quick visual impression of which appointments belong on which sub-calendar. This feature can be used to show more than just calendar appointments, however. You can use th... »

Color-Code Events on a SharePoint Calendar

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 no built-in solution. It was suc... »

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 number of uses. For one, it can allow you to create an a... »

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 to record a video of showing how to do this same thing in... »

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 to Validate Strict Text Formats in SharePoint 2010  How to Validate an Email Address Using Co... »

How to Use ‘OR’ Type Options in SharePoint 2010 Column Validation

I didn’t originally set out to write a series of posts on Column Validation in SharePoint 2010, but I keep thinking of new challenges each time I do. I have no idea how long this series may go (in fact, this may be the last one), but this is the third in the series. Here are links to the previous two posts: How to Validate Strict Text Formats in SharePoint 2010 How to Validate an Email Address U... »

How to Validate Strict Text Formats in SharePoint 2010

We often need to ensure that users enter text information in a specific way. For example, perhaps our company uses part numbers such as TL-1400 and RW-1555. Every part number begins with two letters, followed by a dash, followed by four digits. Or perhaps we use Social Security Numbers in SharePoint (if you do, I’m sure you have the appropriate security in place) and need to insure they always f... »

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