How to create Custom Views in SharePoint 2010/Online/Office 365

Learn how to Sort, filter, group, add totals, export in 15 minutes. Part 3 in my series on custom lists in SharePoint – Applies to SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Online.

Custom Lists and SharePoint 2010 Tutorials – First two on line

First two movies in a series now on-line.

Part 1 Custom lists and Site Columns
Part 2 Create Custom List and Import Data in SharePoint 2010
Part 3 Custom Lists and Views
Part 4 Custom Lists and Workflow
Part 5 Custom Lists and KPIs

Continue reading “Custom Lists and SharePoint 2010 Tutorials – First two on line”

SharePoint Q & A

A digest post addressing SharePoint 2010 questions

Does SharePoint index the content of ODT files?

For Enterprise and FAST search appears yes – see articles below: Continue reading “SharePoint Q & A”

SharePoint Q & A

Folks, This post is an omnibus post to document an assortment of questions on SharePoint 2010 that I have had recently.

SharePoint 2010 and Farms

This area is a bit out of my territory – but here is some light reading on getting started: Continue reading “SharePoint Q & A”

Free SharePoint 2007 User Guide download fixed

The SharePoint 2007 User  Guide download and other downloads have been fixed (and checked/tested).

The fault was due to a clash with Jetpack.

Not Happy! Microsoft Windows Phone and Office 365

I have a rule not to blog angry. It can give the wrong impression. I am for example preparing some really positive video tutorials covering useful things to do with SharePoint Online, Windows phone and OneNote 2010. Lots of good things to say which I will save for a later post.

Because I am grumpy now.

I recently updated my password for Office 365. Good practice – Yes. A Mistake – Yes Continue reading “Not Happy! Microsoft Windows Phone and Office 365”

Two free, good quality Online Training Resources to share

Two free, good quality resources to explore

SharePoint and E-Learning Integration

This post gives a couple of leads to answer a question that I have encountered on SharePoint and Captivate courses – Is there an LMS for SharePoint? I was aware there was a commercial solution, but not of options where the budget was more limited.

As I have been catching up on my LinkedIn Groups – an excellent resource which I have much neglected while working on exams, business building and my Trainer certification over the last few months – I followed some suggested links and found myself at CodePlex. I will do a separate post about CodePlex.

At Codeplex I found two potentially useful tools

SharePoint WSS 3 Resource

Just a quick post – a link to Microsoft’s WSS 3 page and to SharePoint Foundations


Shortest Post, Ever…



Passed Microsoft Office Specialist – SharePoint 2010!! (Exam 77-886)

Just passed the 77-886 MOS SharePoint 2010 Exam. Given I have agreed to the non-disclosure clause about six times, I can’t discuss what is in the exam.

What I can say is I found it very useful to prepare for and do this exam. It’s not a server guru type exam – it is aimed at skilled end users, trainers and people who need a good broad knowledge of SharePoint (and need evidence of that knowledge) – eg if you are member of a SharePoint implementation team (or would like to be) or have a role in encouraging adoption in your workplace. The work you do in preparing for this exam will help you obtain that knowledge – it certainly help me fill in many gaps in my knowledge and realise the full scope of SharePoint 2010.

As a trainer doing more and more in this area – it will help establish some credibility.

Preparation tips


  • I  have listed books and resources elsewhere in the blog. Study the topics in the outline provided by Microsoft.
  • Read, listen and watch as much as you can
  • I also found some good little videos on YouTube by Jessica Meats whose blog is here. The videos are short, well structured and don’t spend 2/3 of the time explaining the video makers other services. Good, clear and to the point. Well done Jess!
  • Get as much hands on practice as you can, Explore and Practice!


  • Try to prepare for this after a major client has collapsed, throwing your schedule and cash flow into chaos. It can be done, but I am sooo tired.

Thank you for your interest.


MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft® SharePoint®

Now given I have signed the non disclosure agreement for the MOS SharePoint Exam 77-886 (5 times so far due to the exam freezing!), I can’t tell you what is in it. I don’t yet actually know whats in it!.

However, people have asked me about preparation resources for the exam- and I have just found the book below on Safari Books Online. You can also get it for  the Kindle via Amazon – see ad below. Continue reading “MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft® SharePoint®”

My SharePoint Exam Postponed


Thank you to all of those of you who have expressed support and interest my progress on the exam 77-886. On Friday,  the testing simulation froze about four times in the first few questions – I am now trying again on next Friday. The testing centre people were very helpful and efficient.

So more news next week


Useful document from Microsoft to help with adoption and training for SharePoint 2010

If you have to facilitate end user adoption and training for SharePoint 2010 then go an read this well written document from Microsoft. It is part of the resources at I Use