How to create UI prototypes with Visio

An important part of design and usability is building UI prototypes so that you can explore different visual models and test the designs with real users.  Sometimes the simple process of clicking through screens in a prototype can reveal inefficient visual models or difficult tasks that can be made easier. For my prototypes, I like…

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Displaying a list on another site (in the same site collection)

A pretty common request is the ability to display content from one site on another site.  For example, you might have a blog sub site, and want to show those posts on the home page of the parent site. In WSS V3, this is easy to do with SharePoint Designer. First, we’ll open the site…

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Supercharge your SharePoint Wiki – Adding Columns and Creating Dynamic Tables

SharePoint Wikis combine the easy editing and linking capabilities of a wiki with the power of SharePoint metadata, web parts, and views. This makes it seamless to find the right balance of structured and freeform information. Here’s what the out-of-the-box (OOB) Wiki looks like: Here’s what a wiki with additional columns looks like: Here’s what…

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Setting the Default Category Tag on the Create Site Page

In WSS V3, we added categories to the site definitions so that it would be easier to find the site template you’re looking for.  By default, the first tab is selected when the page loads.  However, you can change the default tab by appending the query string parameter: DisplayCategory=CategoryName to make that category be the…

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Content Deployment – Step By Step Tutorial

I was looking around and realized that I couldn’t find an easy set of instructions to set up Content Deployment in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. In this post, I’ll show you how to set up content deployment from a staging site collection to a production site collection. For simplicity, I will host both site collections…

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Lookup (Count Related) – The magic behind SharePoint’s # Comments Column

When we were designing blogs in SharePoint, we didn’t just want to build a great blog, we wanted to build a great blog using the platform capabilities the SharePoint provides. One of the new platform features we built to support blogs is the Lookup (Count Related) Column type. A lookup count column is a special…

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SharePoint Content Migration Object Model and Content Migration Packages

The SharePoint Content Migration APIs, previously known as the PRIME APIs, are an incredibly powerful tool, not just for content migration and content deployment, but also for: Creating reusable templates Changing the site definition of an existing site Creating replication solutions Modifying properties that are not exposed through the object model Creating SharePoint sites programmatically…

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Another SharePoint Blog is born!

Good Morning World! My name is Jackie Bodine, and I’m a consultant at Microsoft.  I’ve been working with SharePoint since 2002 when I was a program manager intern with Windows SharePoint Services. After I graduated from Cornell, I joined the WSS program manager team full time. As a program manager, I was responsible for a…

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