Blogs


  • Deleting a Very Large SharePoint List (3/27/2017)by Marc D Anderson - I’ve complained about the 5000 item list threshold limit so many times, I’ve lost count. If you don’t believe me, you could read my posts here and  here and here and here. Today’s difficulty was caused by needing to delete a Very Large List. This isn’t just a Large List – it’s Very Large. The number […]
  • Changing Content Types Using Bulk Edit Metadata in Sharegate (3/22/2017)by Marc D Anderson - There are many times when I start working with a client where they have used virtually no (or none at all) Content Types in SharePoint. As I discuss in my Content Types: Love Them or Lose It sessions at conferences (Coming up next: SPTechCon Austin! Use code ANDERSON to save an extra $200 off full registration.), […]
  • Reconciling Changes While Moving Content in SharePoint – “Flat” Views (3/8/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Lots of times when I’m working on a content migration in SharePoint – almost always with Sharegate! – some stuff happens. Probably the most common thing is that someone edits content in the old location before we manage to shut off permissions. People – yeesh! Here’s a little trick that not a lot of people […]
  • Office 365 Groups: Let People Outside the Organization Email the Group (3/6/2017)by Marc D Anderson - As a consultant, on a daily basis I’m working in multiple Office 365 tenants. In some of those tenants I have an account (license) with my own Sympraxis email, and in many others, I have an email address within the client organization’s domain. Believe me, it all gets pretty confusing – if it weren’t for […]
  • More Granular Permissions for Office 365 Groups: A Work in Progress? (2/15/2017)by Marc D Anderson - There are changes afoot in the way we can manage permissions in an Office 365 Group Team Site. (Naming for this stuff is getting really tricky. I continue my habit of capitalizing “things” that have a name in the product, to avoid confusion with the “concepts” behind them.) In the last few days, we’re seeing […]
  • Naming New Office 365 Groups Intelligently Is !Important (2/7/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Sympraxis is starting a new Office 365 -based Intranet project with Sue Hanley (@susanhanley). Julie (@jfj1997) and I are really going to enjoy working with Sue! As always when we’re starting a project, we want to start collaborating with the client project team in the tools we’re rolling out for their organization. It’s a funny […]
  • The Arctic SharePoint Challenge: A Hackathon for Office 365 Enthusiasts (2/4/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This is an expanded version of the article I wrote for BZ Media‘s SPTechReport – the folks who bring you SPTechCon – last week. (Use my code ANDERSON when you register for SPTechCon Austin and save an additional $200!) Last week I had the honor of being a judge at the Arctic SharePoint Challenge in Oslo, Norway. […]
  • Greetings from Oslo, Where I’m Co-Authoring a Document (2/3/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Today Julie (@jfj1997) and I were working on a document together. As usual, since we’re “cobbler’s kids”, we were emailing a Word document back and forth. No way! We decided to share the document from one of our OneDrives and started editing online. I’m in Oslo, Norway at the Arctic SharePoint Challenge (more about that in […]
  • SharePoint Online Search Isn’t Displaying What I Expect – Part 1 – Trimmed Duplicates (1/9/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series SharePoint Online Search Isn't Displaying What I ExpectFor years, I’ve been skeptical about search indexing in SharePoint, especially in SharePoint Online in Office 365. The fact that we can’t know when a search crawl has run – thus updating the indices – is a huge […]
  • Fixing the “Bad Request – Request Too Long” Error with Office 365 in Chrome (1/4/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This one really bugs me when it happens, and it’s pretty frequent. If you try to navigate to your Office 365 Settings or the Admin Portal in Office 365 with Chrome, you may well get this error instead of arriving at your regularly scheduled destination. I believe you may have a similar experience in Firefox […]
  • Dear Microsoft: Please Fix Retrieving SharePoint Lookup Columns with REST When the Lookup List is in Another Web (12/30/2016)by Marc D Anderson - I love SharePoint. I really do. I especially love writing client side code to build awesome applications for my clients. Today’s annoyance, though, comes while I am in the process of rewriting an application I built on SharePoint 2007, porting it to SharePoint Online in Office 365. This ought to feel like a huge leap […]
  • Yes, Virginia, You Can Get More than 5000 SharePoint Items with REST (11/30/2016)by Marc D Anderson - If you haven’t been paying any attention, you might not know that I loathe the 5000 item limit in SharePoint. I may have mentioned it here and here and here and a bunch of other places, but I’m not sure. But given it’s there, we often need to work around it. I’ve written this little function […]
  • Unity Connect Haarlem 2016 Follow Up (11/26/2016)by Marc D Anderson - Sorry it’s taken me a little while to get this post up, but I had a great time in Haarlem, The Netherlands the week before last at the Unity Connect conference. The conference is “under new management” – as it were – this year, and though I haven’t attended this particular event in the past, […]
  • Movement on the SharePoint List 5000 Item Limit! (11/16/2016)by Marc D Anderson - In October, Eric Alexander (@ejaya2) posted an idea to the SharePoint UserVoice called Prioritize large list management in SharePoint Online. Yesterday I received an alert about it because I had voted for it. 'Prioritize large list management in SharePoint Online' https://t.co/L1NQ0Gpsyc -> Status went from 'unlikely' to 'Working on it'! — Marc D Anderson (@sympmarc) November […]
  • How Can I Customize List Forms in SharePoint Online? (11/11/2016)by Marc D Anderson - The other day, a client asked me a pretty classic set of questions about customizing SharePoint Online list forms. As with some other arenas of endeavor in Office 365, there is more than one way of doing things and it can be confusing. I am looking at options to customize List forms on sites in […]
  • Dear Microsoft: I’m Confused. Can You Help Me Collaborate Well? (11/6/2016)by Marc D Anderson - Yup, I’ll admit it: I’m confused. The launch of Microsoft Teams last week is what’s done it. First of all, from everything I’ve seen of the new tool, it’s really cool. I had some trouble getting my head around how to get it up and running in our Sympraxis Office 365 tenant, but now Julie […]
  • Microsoft Ignite Interviews with harmon.ie’s Top SharePoint Influencers (11/4/2016)by Marc D Anderson - At Microsoft Ignite in September, as group of us talked to Laura Rogers (@wonderlaura) about some top of mind topics. It was in the context of the harmon.ie Top SharePoint Influencers festivities, which meant that there were a bunch of people standing around with very strong opinions about pretty much everything. We answered questions like: […]
  • Microsoft Teams: Is the Who-Bot the KM “Expertise Locator” We’ve Needed for Years? (11/3/2016)by Marc D Anderson - By far the coolest thing I saw in the launch of Microsoft Teams yesterday was the Who-Bot. .@Microsoft Teams has a bot called WhoBot that acts as an expertise locator. That's YUGE! Classic KM problem – solved? Still need good data. pic.twitter.com/l0VmZDEBj1 — Marc D Anderson (@sympmarc) November 2, 2016 It seems to address the […]
  • Thanks Microsoft: We Got Publishing Features Enabled (10/14/2016)by Marc D Anderson - Those of you who know me realize that I can be a grouchy, cantankerous old cuss.:) But every once in a while, I have a good experience that I really should share so that people don’t think I can only be grumpy. Today is one of those days. But it’s a bit plus and minus. […]
  • Color Codes in SharePoint SPColor Files MUST Be All Caps (9/23/2016)by Marc D Anderson - With the new world of branding a tenant on Office 365, styling the suite bar and using a theme (aka Composed Look) can take you pretty far toward improving the user experience. A Composed Look is made up of (potentially): A master page – generally either Seattle or Oslo Theme URL – the spcolor file to […]

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