Hide the Quick launch without modifying the master page

Sometimes you may want to hide the Quick launch on a page quickly without creating a new masterpage just for that page. Luckily you can do this with CSS. All you have to do is add a content editor web part to the page in question, and then either paste the blow code into the HTML editor or reference a .txt document with the code in the content editor web part. Then hide the content editor web part by choosing “None” in Chrome type under appearance on the edit web part settings. Here is the code: <style> #s4-leftpanel { DISPLAY: none } #MSO_ContentTable { MARGIN-LEFT: 0px }</style>


How to extract EXIF meta data from Photographs automatically in SharePoint 2010

These days most people use their mobile phones to take pictures rather than a standalone camera (although a lot of standalone cameras also store data against the photograph).

Because of the many features mobile phones have the pictures usually have a lot of information saved to them, such as GPS location, Date and Time the picture was taken, the position of the camera etc. This is all saved against the picture in a standard called EXIF.

What most people do not know is that SharePoint image libraries are equipped out of the box to be able to extract this EXIF data and display it as Meta data against the picture.What’s more it is really really easy to do this.

In fact all you have to do is create a new column in the image library with one of the following names; (the names are self-explanatory, not all phones/cameras save all of the header details)

  • wic_System_Copyright
  • wic_System_Rating
  • wic_System_ApplicationName
  • wic_System_DateAcquired
  • wic_System_SimpleRating
  • wic_System_GPS_Altitude
  • wic_System_GPS_AltitudeRef
  • wic_System_GPS_AreaInformation
  • wic_System_GPS_Date
  • wic_System_GPS_DestBearing
  • wic_System_GPS_DestBearingRef
  • wic_System_GPS_DestDistance
  • wic_System_GPS_DestDistanceRef
  • wic_System_GPS_DestLatitude
  • wic_System_GPS_DestLatitudeRef
  • wic_System_GPS_DestLongitude
  • wic_System_GPS_DestLongitudeRef
  • wic_System_GPS_Differential
  • wic_System_GPS_DOP
  • wic_System_GPS_ImgDirection
  • wic_System_GPS_ImgDirectionRef
  • wic_System_GPS_Latitude
  • wic_System_GPS_LatitudeRef
  • wic_System_GPS_Longitude
  • wic_System_GPS_MapDatum
  • wic_System_GPS_MeasureMode
  • wic_System_GPS_ProcessingMethod
  • wic_System_GPS_Satellites
  • wic_System_GPS_Speed
  • wic_System_GPS_SpeedRef
  • wic_System_GPS_Status
  • wic_System_GPS_Track
  • wic_System_GPS_TrackRef
  • wic_System_GPS_VersionID
  • wic_System_Image_ColorSpace
  • wic_System_Image_CompressedBitsPerPixel
  • wic_System_Image_Compression
  • wic_System_Image_HorizontalResolution
  • wic_System_Image_ImageID
  • wic_System_Image_ResolutionUnit
  • wic_System_Image_VerticalResolution
  • wic_System_Photo_Aperture
  • wic_System_Photo_Brightness
  • wic_System_Photo_CameraManufacturer
  • wic_System_Photo_CameraModel
  • wic_System_Photo_CameraSerialNumber
  • wic_System_Photo_Contrast
  • wic_System_Photo_DigitalZoom
  • wic_System_Photo_EXIFVersion
  • wic_System_Photo_ExposureBias
  • wic_System_Photo_ExposureTime
  • wic_System_Photo_Flash
  • wic_System_Photo_FlashEnergy
  • wic_System_Photo_FlashManufacturer
  • wic_System_Photo_FlashModel
  • wic_System_Photo_FNumber
  • wic_System_Photo_FocalLength
  • wic_System_Photo_FocalLengthInFilm
  • wic_System_Photo_ISOSpeed
  • wic_System_Photo_LensManufacturer
  • wic_System_Photo_LensModel
  • wic_System_Photo_LightSource
  • wic_System_Photo_MaxAperture
  • wic_System_Photo_MeteringMode
  • wic_System_Photo_Orientation
  • wic_System_Photo_PhotometricInterpretation
  • wic_System_Photo_ProgramMode
  • wic_System_Photo_RelatedSoundFile
  • wic_System_Photo_Saturation
  • wic_System_Photo_Sharpness
  • wic_System_Photo_ShutterSpeed
  • wic_System_Photo_SubjectDistance
  • wic_System_Photo_TranscodedForSync
  • wic_System_Photo_WhiteBalance

How to open a link in an AJAX popup window

Sometimes you may want to open a new item/page in a popup window but without the risk of a popup blocker blocking it. In SharePoint this is where an Ajax popup box comes in extremely useful.

I tend to use this when I want to keep users on one page but use a lot of libraries and lists.

There are many ways you can use the code, the most obvious are;

  • pasted straight into the code of the ASP/Master page
  • add a content editor web part into the page, then paste the code into the HTML editor
  • save the code as a .txt document and then reference that .txt document in the content editor web part.

I usually use the latter, this way if you ever need to edit the code to add or remove items you can just open the document from the document library edit the file then click save and everything updates. (I usually create a document library called “Branding” then i put all of my .txt code files and images in this library and set the library permissions to read for all authenticated users)

So without further ado here is the code, this is the code for a document library upload box but it will also work for a list new item or to view a list/library; (the parts which you need to edit are in bold)

<a onclick=”javascript:NewItem2(event, &quot;http://PASTE YOUR URL IN HERE/&quot;); javascript:return false;” href=”http://PASTE URL IN AGAIN HERE/>img alt=”IMAGE DESCRIPTION TEXT” src=”http://PASTE URL OF IMAGE TO USE AS CLICKABLE LINK HERE“/></a>

Here is a complete example;

<a onclick=”javascript:NewItem2(event, &quot;https://www.mysharepointdoclibrary.com/_layouts/Upload.aspx?List={01ABD049-5A4A-452E-9C99-260B26358AEE}&RootFolder=&quot;); javascript:return false;” href=”https://www.mysharepointdoclibrary.com/_layouts/Upload.aspx?List={01ABD049-5A4A-452E-9C99-260B26358AEE}&RootFolder=”><img alt=”Image of Upload Document” src=”https://www.mysharepointdoclibrary.com/imageslibrary/App-Upload.gif”/></a&gt;

Hello world!

Welcome to my SharePoint based blog, i hope to blog all of the day to day Admin/Development challenges i come across as a SharePoint specialist in the hope that my posts save others the sometimes lengthy researching time it takes to over come some SharePoint issues.

I have been a SharePoint specialist for the last 3 years, before specialising in Sharepoint i was a  IT Server specialist and before that general IT hardware maintenance and repair. I like to think that coming from a hardware background gives me a unique approach in software devlopment.

I try to create SharePoint solutions with the development tools where possible and then using C# in Visual Studio where the development tools are not enough.

My favourite everyday SharePoint development tool is InfoPath, i find it incredibly easy to use and it can create some really powerful solutions, as such it is usually my first port of call when i start a new solution.

I hope you enjoy and find my posts useful.