Fall 2014 Schedule of Participation

After a nice summer break from a slew of SharePoint community events, it is time for the fall season to pick up in full swing. I am thankful to have the opportunity to attend and present at the following events this fall and look forward to talking to as many of you as possible. I have also been working on updated and all new material as trends, ideas and best practices keep changing and I want to share my recent experiences. SharePoint Fest Denver – September 22nd – 24th I am once again heading to SP Fest Denver. I have always enjoyed the vibe, session line up and attendees of all SP … [Continue reading]

SharePoint 2013 – Animated Hiding Ribbon

This is part three of my series on modifying the SharePoint 2013 suite bar and ribbon in a safe and SharePoint friendly manner. Part one: "Collapse the Suite Bar and Ribbon to One Line" Part two: "On Demanding Hiding the Suite Bar and Ribbon" In part three, I will extend my previous post that investigated dynamically hiding or showing the suite bar / ribbon by providing animation for the given event. I will base the Master Page, CSS and JavaScript modifications on my previous post, thus I recommend you first familiarize yourself with that post to see how I customized the HTML Master … [Continue reading]

SharePoint 2013 – On-demand Collapsing Ribbon

This is part two of my series on modifying the SharePoint 2013 suite bar and ribbon in a safe and SharePoint friendly manner. Part one includes "Collapse the Suite Bar and Ribbon to One Line". In part two, I am want to address another request I received. A subscriber asked how to hide and show the entire SharePoint 2013 suite bar and ribbon by adding some sort of clickable element such as a solid bar under the ribbon. I suggest an action item that provides more context than a plain bar, but for demonstration purposes a simple bar is more easy to explain. My strategy is to use a combination … [Continue reading]

SharePoint 2013 – Collapse the Suite Bar and Ribbon to One Line

Often I am asked to shrink the SharePoint 2013 suite bar and ribbon into one line. For some, the suite bar and ribbon take up too much space and thus the desire to collapse the two bars into one. This is actually very easy to do with a little CSS and jQuery. Unsure of what I mean by the SharePoint 2013 suite bar and ribbon? Check out the image to the right. First, what do I mean by shrink? The common request is to somehow combine the suite bar and ribbon into one line. The current release of SPO actually does this for us, but with on-premises, we need to provide our own … [Continue reading]

Branding SharePoint 2013 Tricks – 8 – A Better Logo Snippet

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In the SharePoint 2013 Snippet Gallery, you will find the "Site Logo" snippet. This snippet allows you to quickly and easily add the SharePoint site logo controls to your HTML Master Page, as well as make it a link if you set the NavigateURL property … [Continue reading]

Modify the SharePoint 2013 Ribbon with Help from Ribbon.ascx

One of the many little changes made to how SharePoint 2013 generates its interface is a snippet / control that SharePoint 2013 uses for the ribbon and suite bar control. This snippet / control links to a control template that may be difficult to find … [Continue reading]

SharePoint Saturday Redmond 2013 Recap

I just enjoyed my second SharePoint Saturday Redmond (#SPSRed) and I must say that Christian Buckley, Sharon Healy, Owen Allen and Erica Toelle did a great job organizing the event. Thank you very much. Also a huge thanks to Trevor Seward who … [Continue reading]

SharePoint 2013 Branding and Responsive Web Development and Bootstrap 3

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I am pleased to say that the response to my first book on branding SharePoint 2013 and Responsive Design, Pro SharePoint 2013 Branding and Responsive Web Development (Apress 2013), has been overwhelming positive. Thank you everyone for your kind … [Continue reading]

Branding SharePoint 2013 Tricks – 7 – .NET Code Blocks in Snippets

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In Master Pages and Page Layouts, there is often a need to reference .NET code blocks within a ASP.NET control. A common example is referencing a SharePoint resource within a control such as <asp:Label … [Continue reading]

Black Magic Solutions for White Hat SharePoint Released

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I am pleased to announce the arrival of a new book on SharePoint that I had the pleasure of helping author. This is a must read for anyone looking to combine SharePoint (2010 or 2013) and JavaScript/jQuery. You can order Black Magic Solutions for … [Continue reading]