• LauraJ's Weblog

    Excel tip: Split first name and last name into separate cells

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    Recently, I helped out a local charitable organization by printing some labels from an Excel spreadsheet that had a single column called “Name” that contained both first name and last name. City, state and zip were also in a single column...
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    SharePoint: Adding icons for other document types (like PDF)

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    I've seen lots of questions on various SharePoint newsgroups about how to get PDF files to show up with the right icon in document libraries. The process is documented in the WSS admin guide , but it's not that easy to find. I'm working with the folks...
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    Redux: Excel tip: Split first name and last name into separate cells

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    In response to my post on splitting names into multiple columns in Excel , someone (who listed themselves as "me") posted the following comment: very interesting, but there is a problem - when you split the names into two or three columns using this method...
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    InfoPath: Adding a button to switch between views

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    The ability to have multiple views of information and multiple uses for forms is one of the great features of InfoPath. And yet, any person responsible for supporting the users working with the forms can tell you that it can be a real challenge to users...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Uploading multiple documents to WSS

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    I recently answered a question in the WSS newsgroup about how to upload multiple documents to a SharePoint site. It's a question that comes up a fair amount around here, and my answer on the newsgroup was: When you click the upload document link...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Getting Things Done: Update

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    Chris Sells pinged me today to ask about GTD. Actually, it was kind of funny... he sent me an email with the subject line “You've done this, what can you tell me?“ And the body was a link . That's it. When I first saw the subject line I thought...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Cross-Site Groups in SharePoint

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    There's a great article by Adam Macaulay on MSD2D about using Cross-Site groups to manage your SharePoint users . It's written from a CorasWorks perspective, but don't let thinking it's a promotional piece keep you from reading it -- it has lots of excellent...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    SharePoint Links Updated

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    The SharePoint Links on the right nav of my blog have been updated. I've been remis, and there are lots of good bloggers out there. I still haven't found a good getting started document, though... if anyone can point me to one I'd be very grateful. The...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Workflow on SharePoint

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    I've had a number of people ask me about workflow on SharePoint, and while I've run across an article or post here or there, I didn't have a great place to point people to. However, on Lamont Harrington's blog I found a whole category of workflow posts...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Replacing my Treo 600

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    Some things are as easy as they should be. Recently the screen on my Treo 600 got injured . Okay, broken. While I have the insurance offered by SprintPCS, I thought for some reason that it didn't cover the screen… when I turned it on and saw the...
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    New SharePoint Magazine

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    Wow, has it really been since September since I posted last? The weeks and months go by so fast! Well, rather than put off this post because it will take too long to write a "where I've been and what I've been doing" post, I'm just going to dive right...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Mixed Language pages - What do you think?

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    I'm working in London this week, and yesterday we were talking about mixed language pages. My question to the group I was working with was this: If we could provide components on signed in pages like the Visual Studio 2005 Developer Center , which is...
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    A whole site of SharePoint blogs!

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    Hey, there's a whole site of SharePoint blogs . All the posts on the site are supposed to be about SharePoint, so seems like it should be a great resource (haven't had a chance to look around that much :)
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    Lamont Harrington: Great list of SharePoint Resources

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    Today I was looking for some information for users on "Getting Started with WSS" (this is for the non-profit that I set up a SharePoint site for) and I ran across Lamont Harrington's blog . There are some really great resources here, I don't know how...
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    MSDN Information Architecture

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    Please welcome Paula Land to the land-o-blogs! Paula is MSDN's Information Architect, and is going to be posing you some interesting questions, including what you think of the sneak preview of the new MSDN Library Table of Contents. You'll have to go...
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    Orcut Overload?

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    I've played a little with Orkut , the new social networking software. I love the design, it's so clean and functional. Did you notice the title letters are all made with people? This afternoon when I checked my email, there were a bevy of invites and...
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    MSN Billpay Troubles

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    This past weekend we tried to get into MSN Billpay to pay a couple of bills. The signin UI has changed several times in the past year or so, but usually we're able to figure it out eventually. This time, however, we were stumped. Even though we were signed...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Resurfacing

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    Wow, it's been a long time since the last time I blogged. Much has happened in my world in the intervening months... I left MSDN & TechNet several months ago and have been immersing myself in a new job and a new role. I'm now leading the Service Delivery...
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    Is there a runtime version of InfoPath?

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    This seems to be a fairly common question, and recently there was an especially well-crafted answer provided on an internal InfoPath user discussion alias. I asked, and received, permission to include it here. (Thanks to the person who wrote this and...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Using SharePoint for Blogging

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    Recently I've had a couple of questions from readers asking about the possibility of using SharePoint for blogging. These questions have been sitting in my “Research as a possible blog topic someday when I have the time” folder, waiting for...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Difference between Windows Sharepoint Services and Sharepoint Portal Server 2003

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    I ran across a Microsoft Knowledge Base article the other day that has a good comparison of the features in Windows Sharepoint Services and Sharepoint Portal Server 2003. This information exists in other places, but this is a nice concise summary. It...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Windows Live WiFi

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    While I've been away from this blog, I've been working with the MSN Access team. We provide dial-up access to a ton of users across the United States but we've also been working on a stealth project that we're now ready to Beta -- Windows Live WiFi. This...
  • LauraJ's Weblog

    Getting support/help on SharePoint and InfoPath

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    As 2006 rolls in, it seems like a good time to remind folks about support resources for SharePoint and InfoPath. Each month I get one to several emails requesting help with a specific problem -- as intriguing as some of those questions are, I just don...
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    Another example of using SharePoint for blogging

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    Thanks to Adam for the link to Colin Walker's RandomElements , which, in addition to having a very cool name, does a great job of using SharePoint as a blogging engine, as well as explaining how some of it is done. He even has an RSS feed. Have a look...
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    SmartPart WebPart

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    Jan Tielens and Fons Sonnemans , names you're very familiar with if you're a SharePoint Wonk like me, created a very cool SmartPart WebPart : The SmartPart is a generic webpart that can contain an ASP.NET user control. Nothing new you would say...
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