Blogs


  • SharePoint List Forms with PowerApps Now Available in First Release – and more! (11/20/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Another day, another promise from the Ignite conference fulfilled. It’s great to see so many fantastic new capabilities rolling out to Office 365 – and quickly. At Ignite, the Product Group really seemed to focus on near term enhancements and improvements, which makes this last part of the year a fertile one for new goodies. […]
  • The New DIP – The SharePoint Properties Panel Arrives in Word (11/16/2017)by Marc D Anderson - I just got back from a great SPTechCon conference in North Bethesda, Maryland (aka “DC”) last night. It was the last SPTechCon under the BZ Media banner, as SPTechCon has been acquired by Exposition Development Company (ExpoDevCo). SPTechCon is one of the oldest SharePoint conferences and has been very good to its speakers and attendees over the […]
  • Predictive Indexing Comes to Office 365 Lists and Libraries (11/8/2017)by Marc D Anderson - The 5000-item view threshold in SharePoint lists and libraries has been a bane for many people for a long time. I’ve been very vocal about it for the community (as well as for my own selfish reasons – I have client work to do!). I have a plethora of posts tagged with 5000 item limit, […]
  • SharePoint REST Date/Time Updates (11/6/2017)by Julie Turner, MVP - A recent comment on my blog post “SharePoint time, is not your time, is not their time.” has prompted me to create a short addendum post that specifically references updates and how your thinking might differ from displaying SharePoint date/time values. To recap our ...
  • Column Formatting in SharePoint Online Rolling Out! (10/17/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Every once in a while, something comes to Office 365 where no one has anything negative to say. (Is that a back-handed complement?) Column Formatting in @SharePoint Online starts rolling out end of October. https://t.co/FVAz9BxfB6 pic.twitter.com/kiiyNtVrT4 — Marc D Anderson (@sympmarc) October 16, 2017 The fact that this tweet got 22 retweets and 34 likes […]
  • Enabling the “Anyone” Sharing Setting in and Office 365 Site (10/13/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Julie (@jfj1997) and I are working hard on SPS New England coming up on October 28 in Burlington, MA. I wanted to set up an easy place for the speakers to drop their slide decks. We have a perfectly good Office 365 tenant, so I figured I’d just create a Document Library somewhere and share the […]
  • Detecting the Current SharePoint User’s Regional Settings (10/3/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Brian McCullough (@bpmccullough) pinged me on Twitter today with a question: . @sympmarc is this still only option fir getting users regional settings client side? Have you come across any other alternatives? — Brian McCullough (@bpmccullough) October 3, 2017 Brian was asking about an old blog post of mine where I basically screen scraped the […]
  • My Life Is Good – Celebrating Ten Years of Sobriety (9/30/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Today marks ten years to the day since I had my last drink of alcohol. That’s 3,654 days without a drink, or 87,696 hours, or 5,261,760 minutes. If you can’t live without a drink, you know how big those numbers are. I quit cold turkey on September 30, 2007. Most people can’t do that and […]
  • Microsoft Flow: Updating File Metadata When You Have More Than 5000 Items (9/20/2017)by Marc D Anderson - It’s been way too long since I did a blog post. Let’s remedy that, shall we? Paul Culmsee (@paulculmsee) has been doing some great work with Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. His daughter Ashlee even won a contest put on by the PowerApps team to make a fidget spinner app! When Paul digs into a technology, […]
  • Extending SharePoint with ADAL and the Microsoft Graph API – Part 4 (The Extension) (8/30/2017)by Julie Turner, MVP - Introduction When I last left you (in Part 3) we had completed the round-trip journey that is learning all the facets to accessing the Microsoft Graph API (MSGraph) through an Azure Application and the ADAL.js library. A significant portion of our time was spent ...
  • Exclude Specific Content from SharePoint Search Results (7/24/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This is a quick one, and I’m only posting because it took me a while to find the answer with my Binglage. It’s one of those things I know I can do, but I forget the syntax. Most of the answers I found for this involved going into settings (or running Powershell or writing code […]
  • Auth, Auth, Auth – The Bane of Our Development Existence (7/17/2017)by Marc D Anderson - I was reading through one of Bob German’s (@Bob1German) recent (and great!) posts about Porting REST calls to SharePoint Framework and thinking about a conversation Bob, Julie (@jfj1997) and I had at our “salon”* when I was reminded of a very specific truth about our working days. I would venture to say that some ridiculously high percentage of […]
  • Creating a property pane for editing items in your SPFx web parts (7/17/2017)by Julie Turner, MVP - It’s a great privilege and great fun to work with the exceptional team at Shire that’s building a bleeding edge intranet to support their now 24,000 employees and growing. The team is exploring some very new territory and learning a lot along the way. ...
  • Wherein In Profess My Love for Document Sets, My Hatred of the 5000 Item Limit, and Some Tips (7/12/2017)by Marc D Anderson - I love Document Sets. There, I’ve said it. They help us solve so many important business needs, it’s crazy. Unfortunately, because telemetry tells Microsoft that not very many people use Document Sets, they haven’t gotten any love for a long time. On the other hand, I hate the 5000 item limit in lists and libraries […]
  • Retrieving Multiple SharePoint Managed Metadata Columns via REST – SharePoint 2013 (7/7/2017)by Marc D Anderson - I got a question on one of my recent posts –Retrieving Multiple SharePoint Managed Metadata Columns via REST – from Chris Parker (@ChrispyBites) about whether the same technique would work in SharePoint 2013. I wanted to know the answer, so I borrowed Julie’s SharePoint 2013 VM and gave it a whirl. It was a little odd, […]
  • SharePoint + Flow (+ Azure Functions): Launching a Microsoft Flow from Client-Side Code (7/5/2017)by Julie Turner, MVP - The requirement seemed deceptively simple… and it was, somewhat… simple. I’ll start with showing you how very simple it is to launch a Microsoft Flow (“flow”) from your client-side code hosted, well… wherever. I will give you this caveat, launching a flow this way ...
  • Want to Get a Look at the New Communication Sites? Here’s a Trick! (6/29/2017)by Marc D Anderson - If you’re like me, words can be confusing. When Andy Haon (@AndyHaon) tweeted that Communication sites were starting to roll out, I wanted to get a look. However, I didn’t see the option in my First Release tenant. I wondered what “Select Users” meant and whether I wasn’t one somehow. We began rollout of #SharePoint […]
  • Retrieving Multiple SharePoint Managed Metadata Columns via REST (6/19/2017)by Marc D Anderson - I’ve used this code a few times in different project now, and I wanted to post it in case it’s useful for anyone. Most of us know that the REST APIs still have some weaknesses, and working with Managed Metadata is definitely one of them. (See: Let’s Capture Missing or Insufficient SharePoint REST Endpoints) If you […]
  • SharePoint and Office 365: The New Beautiful Cookbook Series (5/23/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Most of us are “meat and potatoes” people when it comes to the technology we use. We like what we know and we know what we like. (Yes, there are vegan “seitan and potatoes” people, vegetarian “sprouts and potatoes” people, pescatarian “cod and potatoes” people, etc. I’m not trying to leave anyone out.) Every once in […]
  • Let’s Capture Missing or Insufficient SharePoint REST Endpoints (5/17/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Today I got an alert that the SharePoint UserVoice suggestion from Corey Roth (@coreyroth) entitled Add managed metadata term store operations to REST API got the coveted “Thinking About It” tag from the Product Group. I like to tweet out changes like this to let people know the Product Group is listening and acting on our […]

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