Office 365 and SharePoint Community Go-To Resources

I am cross-posting this so that I have the resource at hand for reference. Big thank you goes to Eric Overfield who I follow as one of my goto resource person.

The great thing about technology is that feeling connected is literally a click away and the Office 365 / SharePoint community is no different. Now, don’t get me wrong, conferences, user groups, and social meetups are a great way to stay connected, but on those days when you’re stuck at your desk I’ve got just the solution.

The following are the top 10 resources that I follow to stay in the loop on what is going on in the Office 365 / SharePoint community. I will readily share that not only did I have a tough time narrowing down my list to just 10, but also that this list constantly changes as community involvement waxes and wanes, new members / resources spring up, while others slow down. I hope you will find this line up to be either a good start, or a great way to help fill out your current references.

  1. The SharePoint Dev Ecosystem YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_mKdhw-V6CeCM7gTo_Iy7w
  2. Office Development blogs:
    https://dev.office.com/blogs/
  3. Waldek Mastykarz’s blog. If you want to know what is going on with SPFx development, this is your spot:
    https://blog.mastykarz.nl/
  4. Mikael Svenson’s blog. Mikael posts like a fiend and all his findings are fascinating:
    http://www.techmikael.com/
  5. Smashing Magazine. Some of the best bleeding edge web development insights:
    https://www.smashingmagazine.com/
  6. Andrew Connell’s blog. Andrew is a leader of the pack of SPFx trainers and his material around SPFx is outstanding:
    http://www.andrewconnell.com/blog
  7. SharePoint Team’s blog. Straight from MS:
    https://blogs.office.com/en-us/sharepoint/
  8. Marc Anderson’s blog. Marc tells you how it is.
    http://sympmarc.com/
  9. Chris O’Brien’s blog. An outstanding developer who provides in-depth posts, meaning long, in the right way:
    http://www.sharepointnutsandbolts.com/
  10. Stefan Bauer’s blog. Stefan’s design skillset when combined with his mastery of Sass is amazing and he shares his insights!
    https://n8d.at/blog/
  11. Eric Overfield: http://ericoverfield.com and http://blog.pixelmill.com/

 

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Add Reusable Workflow in SharePoint Designer 2013

The way we  create reusable workflow in SharePoint Designer (SPD) 2013 is a bit different from 2010 and as a result most people thought that Microsoft disabled this feature. The fact is this feature is still available but the way you navigate to creating  a reusable workflow in SPD 2013 is a bit different from SPD 2010. This is how you create a reusable workflow in SPD 2013 :

  1. Open the site in SPD 2013.
  2. Now instead of using the ribbon, which is what we used to do in SPD 2010, click File menu as seen in screenshot below
  3. This will take you to this page where you can create a reusable workflow by clicking the “Reusable Workflow” icon as seen below:

 

How to change SharePoint List or Document Library URL using SharePoint Designer

There are two ways of changing your SharePoint list or library URL. The first one is, of course, using PowerShell which I am not going to discuss now. The second one is using SharePoint Designer. You need to have site collection admin access to do this.

Suppose you want to change the URL, http://sitename/sites/testsite/Lists/Bad List Name/  to http://sitename/sites/testsite/Lists/GoodListName/  using SharePoint Designer then follow these steps:

1.  Open your site using SharePoint Designer

2. Click All Files from left navigation menu

3. Click Lists from the list of All Files

4. Right click into Lists ->Rename and change it from Bad List Name to GoodListName.

5. This will change the URL of your list

 

That is it…

How to move SharePoint list items/documents with metadata properties intact

If you want to move contents of SharePoint Document Library or List with intact metadata then use Content and Structure that you can find under Site Administration page of your site. URL is http://YOURDOMAIN/sites/_layouts/settings.aspx.

Before using either copy or move actions make sure you create a destination library/list/folder names in your the destination site:

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Modernizing SharePoint? – Nik Patel’s thoughts on SharePoint Online Document Library Experience Updates — Office 365 and SharePoint with Nik Patel

Microsoft has pushed out one more “Sneaky” release in Office 365 relating to SharePoint Online document library experiences. If you have “First Release” tenant, you would start noticing new banner on SharePoint online document library page stating – “Check out new document library look!”. I call this “Sneaky” release. Even though this is a huge change […]

via Modernizing SharePoint? – My thoughts on SharePoint Online Document Library Experience Updates — Office 365 and SharePoint with Nik Patel

How to add a CSS class into OpenText or RedDot CMS rich text editor

You can follow these steps to add a css class into your OpenText text editor so that your editors can add that class using text editor’s drop down menu.

  • Go to your content class and under the Content Elements node find your text type placeholder
  • From the Action Menu, click the Assign fixed style sheet link

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  • Inside the Edit Style Sheet dialog box enter your class name/s in one line as seen below:

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  • If you check your text editor, you should see the callout-note css class as one of the options ready to be used:

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That is it 🙂