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Blog entries related to Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 solutions such as Power BI, Microsoft Flow, Power Apps and Microsoft Teams

How to Format Code in Visual Studio Code

If you live in the Microsoft world, like I do, you likely know about Visual Studio Code – a lightweight, but very powerful IDE developed by Microsoft to leverage current code technology. Learn a quick, but not so obvious, tip on how to adjust the code formatting.

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3 Ways to Get a Direct Link in SharePoint Online

If this blog title captured your attention, then you are very likely aware of the problem. It seems like just yesterday I could go into a document library, right click on a file, and Copy shortcut.  Those days have past and now we get a whole list of confusing options to choose from. Is it possible to just get a regular link? I’ll show you three ways how...

How to Get a Direct Link to a File in Modern SharePoint Online Libraries

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PowerApps: How to Customize "Save" and "Cancel" Buttons

Sooner or later it will happen to you. You will setup a new SharePoint list and want to customize the form. Your first instinct might be to bust out InfoPath. Don’t do it! PowerApps is the new orange. Learn how to add the "Save" and "Cancel" buttons back to the bottom of SharePoint forms with PowerApps.

Add Save and Cancel Buttons to PowerApps Customized SharePoint Online List Forms


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Yammer vs. Microsoft Teams: Which Tool?

The debate between Yammer and Microsoft Teams is an age old question for Office 365 users; when do you use one over the other? The question is imminent if you haven't asked it already. I understand, they are both social tools. Let’s take a deeper look and try to answer the question from a non-technical perspective...

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[Video] How to Filter Email Attachments with Microsoft Flow

I’ve noticed a lot of questions related to filtering email attachments lately in the Microsoft Flow Community. For example, a user gets an email and only wants to save the PDF/DOCX/XLSX (excluding images) somewhere. Whether you save them to OneDrive for Business, a SharePoint site, or even a local file share, this video will show you how to accomplish that task. Follow along as I walk you through the process, step-by-step...

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How To Prevent File Downloads in SharePoint

Have you created a document or file recently that you want to share with limited access to others? Sharepoint "View-Only" permissions have caused some confusion when it comes to file sharing. Find out why the "View-Only" permission doesn't do what you think and how to properly secure your documents by preventing them from being downloaded.

SharePoint View Only Permission Doesn’t Prevent Downloading Documents

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Microsoft Flow Fix: ForEach Conditions Solved

I think we all have been there – we are working on a beloved Microsoft Flow, doing any number of updates or other actions, when it happens...You use a value that is a multiple-value array like a choice column in SharePoint and Flow automatically wraps your action in a ForEach control. What just happened? 

Quick Flow Tip: Use Multiple-Value Choice Fields In Actions Without ForEach Like A Boss!

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C5 Insight Acquires SharePoint Revolution

C5 Insight today announced the acquisition of SharePoint Revolution. 

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2 Ways to Prevent Users From Clicking on Spam

Spam is always invading our inboxes and sometimes the validity of emails is harder to decipher than not. Blackhats are constantly working to dupe everyone with extremely real looking emails. To avoid potentially harmful situations, adding warnings to an email's subject line or body content helps prevent unintentional malware infection. Let’s create some warnings before someone really screws up!

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PowerShell: Your Solution to SharePoint 2013 Suspended Workflows

One of my clients running SharePoint 2013 on-premises contacted me with a strange issue. They had some SharePoint 2013 platform workflows that were getting suspended and wasn’t sure why.  We got past that initial issue, but what I wanted to talk about today is what we did with all the active workflows that were suspended. Learn how I use PowerShell to make all those workflows resume instead of resorting to canceling them...

Resume SharePoint 2013 Suspended Workflows Instead of Cancelling with PowerShell

 

 

 

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2 Simple Crawl Rules for Relevant SharePoint Search Results

With any LUCK, I’m sure your users are actively using SharePoint search to discover and find content.  Sooner or later they will struggle to find whatever it is they are looking for. Search is after all only as good as what you put into it. Utilizing crawl rules can quickly create relevant results, thus, increasing the likeliness that users keep using search.

Get More Relevant SharePoint Search Results with Only 2 Crawl Rules!

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Easiest Way to Save Time (and FindTime) When Planning Meetings At Work

How much time do you spend organizing meetings? How much time do you spend searching for a date/time that suits everyone on the meeting invite? Do you spend more time deciding on a meeting date/time than you do the actual meeting? If you spend a large amount of time scheduling meetings, FindTime is worth your time to test. Learn more about the time-saving benefits this application has to offer...

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Microsoft Flow: Hungry Teams, Natural Language Chatbots, and Yelp

Microsoft Flow has an exhaustive list of available options, connections, abilities, etc. to make our work lives easier. Here, I am using Flow to make our lives fuller. By connecting Flow with Yelp, natural language chatbots, and a bit of AI, the question of "Where to eat?" is now answered by this multifunctional technology.



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Beginner's Guide to Microsoft Flow, API's and Custom Connectors

Microsoft Flow is like an open source toolbox. If you know what tools to use, Flow has countless connectors and custom use-cases to equip you with new solutions for your next project. With minimal coding, learn how to extract Yelp data as prospective customers and feed that information into the Leads area of Dynamics 365.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Move From Classic to Modern Office 365 [Now]

You’re using Office 365, you get the deal.  You’re on a road-trip and Microsoft is telling you what kind of car you can have while letting pick if you want GPS or not.  The Office 365 suite certainly does provide tangible and measurable benefits that alleviate a lot of headaches for many organizations.  Having said that, all is not so simple or easy in Wonderland, is it?

Modern Office 365 SharePoint Team Site

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Quick Tip To Resolve “Turn on TLS” Error with SharePoint On-Premises

I had this come up with a client recently and wanted to be sure to share the easy resolution given the vague information out there on this topic.  This just reminds me how important it is to not just blindly troubleshoot the symptom, but investigate fully before continuing in your attempts at resolution.

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Two Quick Tips to Avoid Clicking Empty Folders in SharePoint Without Metadata

We work with a lot of clients and from time to time, many aren’t ready for metadata.  They agree that files are difficult to find and there are a ton of nested subfolders, the users just aren’t ready to use metadata instead of those folders.  Are we resigned to living in the time-wasting droll of having no idea if the subfolder they are clicking into will even have files in it?  No! 

Afraid of Metadata? Two Quick Tips to Avoid Clicking Empty Folders in SharePoint

I’ll show you two quick ways to alleviate the pain of the hunting and pecking users are forced to do when they don’t use search and trying to find a certain file. 

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Happy St. Pat’s Day!

🍀 Happy St. Patrick's Day! 🍀

Learn why St. Patrick's Day is so important for customer and employee engagement!

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Troubleshooting Office Web Apps SSL Issues

Troubleshooting Office Web Apps SSL Issues

If you are like my unfortunate client, your installation of Office Web Apps (or WAC) was humming along just fine until that one day comes that you wish you never got out of bed.  This turned out to be a simple fix but took some hair-pulling to get there so let me share my journey.

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Avoid Getting Blank Results When Searching Office 365 Activity Reports

Avoid Getting Blank Results When Searching Office 365 Activity Reports

As you are likely aware Office 365 provides a wealth of abilities to review reports of all the activities that users (and admins) are doing in Office 365.  Recently we were using this to get download activities from SharePoint but hit a snag when trying to restrict the results to a specific site.  The answer was actually backwards to the interface. 

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Easily Check Available Property Values in Microsoft Flow

Easily Check Available Property Values in Microsoft Flow

When creating any Microsoft Flows, sooner or later you are going to need to use values from user profile properties like Email Address, Name, Department, etc.  You are wondering two things:

  1. What properties can I access easily without additional steps?
  2. What is the value of those properties?

Once you know those two things you can know if you need to do additional steps to accomplish your requirements for your Flow. 

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Why Can’t SharePoint Search be as Easy as Google?

Have you ever talked to someone who says, “Searching SharePoint is so easy – I find exactly what I’m looking for every time!”Me neither.Why the gap? And what can be done to close it?Your Intranet is not Like the InternetThe internet (let’s call it the web to avoid confusion) is not like your SharePoint intranet. The web is full of general information and when you’re searching it, you’re usually looking for general results. It is also powered by people who are interested in having their stuff fou ...

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Using PowerShell to Change SharePoint 2010 Workflow AssociationData

Using PowerShell to Change SharePoint 2010 Workflow AssociationData

If you are still using SharePoint on-premises, then you will almost certainly be using workflows based on the 2010 workflow platform.  These would include all of the out-of-the-box workflow reusable templates like Approval and Collect Signatures. 

Recently I needed to change the start parameters of a workflow template that was deployed in a site template so there was a copy of the workflow in over 1,000 subsites.  Of course I turned to my trusty friend PowerShell.  

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Project Managers Rejoice! You Can Create Multiple Plans for a Single Office 365 Group!

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If you are using Office 365, you are likely very aware that with Microsoft at the controls, they are frequently making a lot of changes.  Sometimes that’s a great thing and sometimes that’s not but on the whole it's a relief to not have to deal with an on-premise environment.  Every month or so, Microsoft releases news about the recent changes that are being released.  After going through February 2019’s update, I noticed a little but awesome change I wanted to call out regarding Microsoft Planner. 

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What is SharePoint Metadata? A Simple Explanation

What is SharePoint Metadata?

I’ve been involved with SharePoint for probably 12 years, and as a consultant daily for 9 years.  In all of that time, I would say the most common thing I see my clients and others struggle to understand is the concept of metadata.  What is it?  What does it mean?  I’ve often times explained it only to have someone say “Can I come by your office later and you explain it to me?” 

Today I will do my best to put it in simplistic terms for relevance to SharePoint.

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