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3 reasons SharePoint’s “Op...

There’s a feature of all document libraries in SharePoint that I just can’t live without. It’s a non-descript little button in the SharePoint ribbon called “Open with Explorer”. That…Read more



I started a SharePoint wiki...

When I write blog posts, I generally make an effort to define any technical or SharePoint-specific terms as I flesh out my drafts. Unfortunately this can take up a lot of…Read more



Restoration options in SharePo...

If you’re using SharePoint Online (part of Office 365) there are some implications when it comes to restoring files, libraries, or sites if something bad happens. In this post,…Read more



There are good reasons to map ...

So I’ve taken a bit of heat from some of my fellow SharePoint geeks over a recent post on how to map a SharePoint library (or site, even) as…Read more



Get to SharePoint through Wind...

Editorial note: After publishing this post, a lot of people have complained to me that this is simply bad practice. I disagree. Here’s why.   SharePoint offers some great…Read more



Simple (but effective) dashboa...

One of the more common requests I get about putting SharePoint to good use is how to build a hyper-responsive, beautifully designed, amazingly cogent dashboard displaying all the key…Read more



Measuring SharePoint site succ...

What’s the point of rolling out a new solution like a SharePoint site if you can’t point to metrics to prove it’s actually making an impact? Realistically, there’s not…Read more



Configuring your new SharePoin...

Introduction In the first post of this Project–SharePoint series, I discussed how to sync an MS Project MPP file to a SharePoint Task List, which gives you the wonderful…Read more



Using your newly synced Projec...

Introduction In the first post of this Project–SharePoint series, I discussed how to sync an MS Project MPP file to a SharePoint Task List, which gives you the wonderful…Read more



Limits and supported functiona...

In a previous post, I explained how you can sync a Microsoft Project MPP file to a SharePoint Task List to avoid “the Project paradox”, where  you don’t have enough…Read more



Use SharePoint to avoid expens...

No, I’m not saying a simple SharePoint Task List can replace Microsoft Project. I’m saying you, the project manager, can use a simple SharePoint Task List to let everyone…Read more



How to create a My Documents v...

In an earlier post, I covered how SharePoint views work. Views, as a refresher, are an extremely powerful way to display a crap ton of document library files in…Read more



How SharePoint views work...

Now that we’ve talked about metadata, we can get into the next step, which is one of the best features SharePoint has to offer: views.   SharePoint document libraries…Read more



The basics of SharePoint check...

Check in/out is one of the basic features of SharePoint that you as an everyday SharePointer will likely run into. It’s not something you have to use; be strategic…Read more



Das ultimative Poster: “Shar...

Die in SharePoint integrierte Suchmaschine zählt laut unserer SharePoint Anwenderstudie 2016 zu den vier wichtigsten Funktionen des Microsoft-Servers. Doch ein Zufriedenheitswert von nur 68 Prozent macht auch deutlich, dass viele…Read more



Beginner's guide to SharePoint...

One of the most powerful features in SharePoint is metadata. If you’ve ever attended a SharePoint conference or gone through an expert-led SharePoint training, you’ve probably heard this term…Read more



[Infographic] How to search in...

Looking to get the most out of your everyday SharePoint searches? Look no further. This infographic covers all you would ever need to know to search as smartly as…Read more



3 simple things IT can do to i...

Generally speaking, your experience with quality or not-so-quality search results in SharePoint is going to come down to a healthy mix of how well you know how to search…Read more



How to search in SharePoint...

You may be surprised to find out that dumping some words into a SharePoint search box and pressing enter is actually the minimum you can do to get search…Read more



How to improve your SharePoint...

Alright, I guess it’s time to take on the bear of the SharePoint world: how to get better results from everyday searches. Search is a big topic and better…Read more



Jumping into multilingual info...

English With the popularity of the SharePoint size and usage limits infographic we’ve put out, I thought it would make sense to publish them not just in English, but…Read more



Guía práctica sobre límites...

  Hay algo que todos los usuarios de SharePoint deben tener en cuenta: los límites de la herramienta que están utilizando. Algunos de ellos pueden ser realmente molestos, pero…Read more



Get $200 off SPTechCon San Fra...

I’m really looking forward SPTechCon in San Francisco this December. SPTechCon is one of the best SharePoint conferences out there and brings together a ton of really talented people…Read more



[Infographic] The basics of Sh...

Document libraries are a fundamental aspect of pretty much any use of SharePoint. They act as the repository for any and all files. Even page libraries, media libraries, and…Read more



Microsoft: Let me drag Outlook...

Something I find myself wanting to do pretty frequently is storing an email attachment somewhere into SharePoint or OneDrive for Business. I want to simply drag the attachment from…Read more



SharePoint Online site collect...

Microsoft posted a lengthy blog post today covering better integration between SharePoint Online and Office 365 Groups, as well as more specific info about the modern pages rollout.  …Read more



SharePoint conferences in 2017...

Based on the success of the SharePoint conferences in 2016 post, I’ve begun assembling a similar list for SharePoint-related conferences occurring in 2017. The list isn’t nearly complete yet,…Read more



Completely deleting web parts ...

Sometimes you need to remove web parts from your SharePoint page. Seems like a typical, everyday thing for a Site Owner to have to do. And it is. But it…Read more



Microsoft: Please fix SharePoi...

I recently blogged about UserVoice, a platform that Microsoft uses to give users (you, me, your colleagues, anyone using their software—not just admins!) the ability to submit fix requests…Read more



How to get Microsoft to improv...

Have you ever sat at your computer, just incredibly frustrated with how SharePoint does what it does… or, likely better described as doesn’t do what you want it to…Read more



Sharing and accessing files with external users from SharePoint Online and Office 365

Everyday guide to external sha...

If your organization is using SharePoint Online, the “cloud” version of SharePoint hosted in Office 365, you get a major benefit that regular SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, and even…Read more



Practical guide to SharePoint ...

SharePoint permissions can be complicated. Whether you’re brand new to site ownership or a seasoned vet, keeping permissions as simple as possible is always a best practice. It will…Read more



Sharing and accessing files with external users from SharePoint Online and Office 365

Accessing SharePoint Online co...

Have you received an email from Microsoft Online Services Team with the subject line “So-and-so wants to share such-and-such”? Is it branded with Office 365 all over the email?…Read more



Sharing and accessing files with external users from SharePoint Online and Office 365

How to share externally with S...

Is your organization using SharePoint Online, part of Office 365? (What’s the difference between that and SharePoint 2013?) If you are, that means you potentially have the option to…Read more



Get the most out of built-in S...

SharePoint’s not just some nebulous replacement for file shares and your C:\ drive. It comes with a wide range of tools that can help you be more productive and efficient…Read more



How to add links to a SharePoi...

It’s a regular occurrence when I’m asked by a colleague, “Hey Wade, how do I add a link to a document library?” You’d think this would be an easy…Read more



Keep SharePoint in mind, just ...

There was a theme the past couple weeks in the SharePoint blog-o-sphere reminding us that SharePoint is just a tool; collaboration, business processes, and the like need to be…Read more



[Infographic] File type and na...

My recent post on file type limits in SharePoint got some love. So, similar to the size and usage limits infographic, I put together another infographic for this topic.  …Read more



Co-authoring: It's a date...

Ever been cursed with this pop-up?   On a Friday afternoon, right before close of business, when you need to get your TPS Report submitted to upper management, this can…Read more



File type and naming restricti...

SharePoint can be finicky about what you put it in and what you call, well, what you put in it. Certain file types are a no-no, and a number…Read more



Removing the Title field from ...

If you do a lot of work with document libraries and lists—especially custom lists—you may be annoyed by the fact that the Title field is 1) required by default…Read more



[Infographic] Ultimate guide t...

Based on the popularity of a recent post that covered the size and usage limitations inherent to SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online, we put together a nice infographic that takes…Read more



Ultimate guide to SharePoint s...

Update: The info in this post is now available in gorgeously epic infographic format. Have a gander. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.   If there’s one…Read more



Buyer beware: version history...

Version history is an incredible set of functions that eliminates risk and makes your life so much easier when you find yourself in one of those “whoops” situations.  …Read more



SharePoint conferences in 2016...

Note: The list of SharePoint-related conferences occurring in 2017 is available here.   I pinged the Twitter-verse earlier this week to find out whether there is a central listing…Read more



Link directly to a blank surve...

If you have a SharePoint survey that you want to share with colleagues, but don’t want to bother them with the default survey home page, you can link directly…Read more



Version history's biggest upgr...

Version history—arguably one of SharePoint’s best features—has been around since at least SharePoint 2007, though the difference between SharePoint 2007 and 2013 is huge based on the way the…Read more



Tags and Notes hit the choppin...

Microsoft indicated in a TechNet article and later tweet (below) that Tags and Notes—among other things—are no longer part of SharePoint starting with SP2016.   What’s deprecated or removed from…Read more



Version history isn't track ch...

Just so there’s no confusion, version history—one of the most powerful tools that comes with SharePoint—works in a very specific way. Namely, it records a new edition of your file…Read more



The absolute basics of version...

Likely one of the most useful tools within SharePoint is version history. It gives you a running list of the changes that have occurred in your files over their lifetimes….Read more



Enabling file type extensions ...

TL;DR: Want to see file type extensions (.docx, .pdf, .mp4) in a SharePoint 2013/Online document library? Add the “Name (for use in forms)” column to your default view. Must…Read more



My Site profile: introduce you...

With SharePoint 2013 comes your own personal profile space in an area called your My Site. My Sites were originally introduced in SharePoint 2007 as simply a user profile,…Read more



Explained: SharePoint versus O...

What are SharePoint and Office 365? How are they different? How are they the same? You know, what gives!?   TL;DR: Office 365 is Microsoft’s version of the cloud; it…Read more



How to SharePoint in Outlook l...

You’re probably already familiar with Outlook as the app you use to keep track of all your email and appointments. And if you’re a power user, you might even…Read more



Publish blog posts from Word...

Blogging at work can be a really great thing for you, your colleagues, and your employer overall. You should really consider doing it! But, it comes with some strings…Read more



Buyer beware: SharePoint blogs...

SharePoint offers some great blogging functionality and you should really consider using it. In many business positions, blogging is a good move for you professionally and it helps your…Read more



Why blogging at work makes sen...

Chances are that you read a lot of blogs these days, even if you don’t know it. Hell, you’re reading one right now, so you can’t claim you don’t….Read more



Buyer beware: SharePoint surve...

SharePoint surveys are a great tool when used correctly, but you should be aware of a few caveats that come with them. Like any SharePoint tool or function, it…Read more



Buyer beware: SharePoint calen...

SharePoint calendars can be really useful tools if you use them correctly. But they are also one of the most disappointing lists provided in SharePoint. I say that mainly…Read more



Stay on schedule with SharePoi...

A calendar is a type of SharePoint list that comes as an out-of-the-box tool with any SharePoint site. Use a calendar to keep track of meetings, events, personnel schedules, company holidays,…Read more



Stay in the know with SharePoi...

Alerts are automatic, customizable email notifications that let you know when changes occur to a specified list item, list, file, or document library in SharePoint. SharePoint tells you when…Read more



An introduction to SharePoint ...

SharePoint surveys allow you to easily collect input and feedback from colleagues using customizable questions, rating scales, and branching logic. Any Site Owner has the ability to create surveys that…Read more



So, what is SharePoint?...

Ask any SharePoint expert this question and you’ll likely get a different answer from each.   In the most general sense, I define SharePoint as Microsoft’s online web development…Read more



Making SharePoint enjoyable...

Hello SharePoint world!   Welcome to our new website, icansharepoint.com. You probably found this place because you’re looking for help using SharePoint at work. Whether it’s to get through whatever you…Read more