Hide the SharePoint Online Ribbon for Anonymous Users

Essentially all public facing SharePoint sites, including those hosted on SharePoint Online or on-prem SharePoint 2013, require a method to hide the suite bar / ribbon for anonymous users. The SharePoint Online oslo master page does an OK job of this while the seattle master page does not even attempt to hide the ribbon. I have been asked quite often how I prefer to hide the ribbon for anonymous users. The primary method everyone jumps to is the control, <SharePoint:SPSecurityTrimmedControl /> found in the Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls namespace, typically registered to the tag … [Continue reading]

SharePoint 2013 spcommon.png Sprite Breakdown

The following is a breakdown of the rectangle coordinates for each sprite found in SharePoint 2013's spcommon.png sprite. This sprite is found in the hive, or can be loaded in a browser on any SharePoint 2013 site at /_layouts/15/images/spcommon.png?rev=23. Learn how to replace the sprite using a Composed Look. Properties: method: Filling, Tinting, Blending detach: true - creates a new image for this particular request hashOverride: "your hash2 value" - no spaces allowed, appears to only work for other images, not for spcommon … [Continue reading]

Use SharePoint Online Composed Looks and Theming Engine to Brand spcommon.png

I want to share with you the right way to update the color palette of SharePoint Online (and SharePoint 2013) out-of-the-box (OOTB) icons, in particular those found in the suite bar and ribbon. Your first inclination may be to break open your favorite developer toolbar, drill into the DOM, find the style that is providing the icon and provide your own overriding style pointing to your customized icon. This post is part 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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

SharePoint 2013 – On-demand Collapsing Ribbon

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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 … [Continue reading]

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

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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 … [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]