WordPress and Office365

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So learning more about Office365 as I figure out certain things. My church hosts it’s website on WordPress and had to figure out how to get emails to send from an Office365 hosted email address. We worked with our awesome web developer and he was stumped. Did what he could and contacted our form plugin software maker and tried to see if they had anything on it. We struggled for a while and figured out it was Office365 blocking them to prevent spam. Continue reading

SPTechCon Reflections

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So if I had to sum up the conference into my top 3 moments, they would definitely be:

1. Meeting Marc Anderson and learning more about SPServices from its creator.

2. Hearing about and seeing SharePoint 2013.

3. Exploring some pretty awesome 3rd party products. Continue reading

Prepping for SPTechCon!

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20130226-140152.jpgOk, so I got to attend SPTechCon last year (SharePoint Technical Conference) in San Francisco. I learned LOADS and convinced my boss to let me go again this year. And now that I’ve actually traveled to a conference, I’m excited about some of the things I plan to do this year. There are a TON of sessions lead by some awesome SharePoint Pros (and even Microsoft MVPs).

So I thought I’d post a little bit about my game plan. Continue reading

CSS Blog Posts

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Here are two links I reference pretty frequently. Wanted to share them because others might use them if they are ever trying to edit CSS.

For the old 2007 version: http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blogs/zach/Master%20Page%20Cheat%20Sheet/Forms/ViewAll.aspx

For the 2010 CSS Classes: http://erikswenson.blogspot.com/2010/01/sharepoint-2010-base-css-classes.html

They have been very very helpful to me when editing classes. If anyone has a better resource, please be sure to share in the comments!

Easy Breezy Traffic Light Dashboard

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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but things are finally calming down at work (and now it’s the Holidays!). Anyways, this tutorial came about because someone had asked me “Is this possible?” and it is. This is out of the box. We don’t have any eCal or anything enabled at work, and dashboards are becoming a big deal, so I was able to pull together an easy dashboard. If you want to customize it, you’ll need to get a little more into what’s going on, but it should work if you follow my steps below. Continue reading

SharePoint Saturday Louisville – MS Access Session Recap

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Yesterday was #SPSLouisville. It was a lot of fun. Had a little over 100 people come spend their Saturday at the new East Marriott Louisville to learn a little more about SharePoint!

It was my first time speaking at an event, and being a bigger part of the organizing committee putting the event together. It really gives me a new appreciation for all the work it takes to get it together, so I’m super happy with how it all turned out.

Speakers/committee members got legitimate baseball jerseys and all attendees got a SharePoint Saturday Louisville Louisville Slugger Bat (Seen above).

How to hide a section of a form depending on User.

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This has been something I’ve been looking to figure out for a while. If anyone knows a better way, please let me know. I’m kind of stuck with a mostly basic setup, but we were lucky enough to be able to do some InfoPath form editing at work.

Basic gist of what I was hoping to do is be able to hide several form elements depending on who is logged in. While I had hoped to be able to do this with a group, or a more dynamic way of editing said people…. I’m happy to have figured it out. Continue reading

Linking a SharePoint List to MS (How-To)

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  1. Open up the MS Access Database that you want to link the data too (Or create it) and go to the SharePoint list that you want linked.
  2. In your MS Access database, go up to the ribbon and click External Data > More (Under Import & Link) > SharePoint Lists.
  3. Copy & Paste in the base site URL for your list. Note: Once you start doing this, your sites will be remembered for future use. For example, my list is seen in the next example image.
  4. Then below that, select the option of how you’d like to link it. You can 1. Import data (not link) or 2. Link Data. We’re going to Choose the second for this example, but it’s important to know you don’t have to. Then click Next.
  5. The next screen will show your lists. Click the ones you want linked. Note, regardless if you select User Info, it will link it. That’ll be explained at a further blog post. Click OK.
  6. You’re finished! On your left MS Access Nav you should see your newly linked List. 

Note:

  • You are now free to treat it like any other database object (except you can’t edit the columns and fields within Access, you must do that via SharePoint.
  • If you do change the list, you may need to unlink it & relink it for it to work properly.