How to fix: SharePoint Online won’t open documents or attachments in client applications (eg in Word or Excel on the desktop)

This is a frustrating problem

There are two steps

Step 1. Enable the “Open Documents in Client Applications by Default ” service – see steps here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2859986

Step 2. Check the Library Settings –> Advanced Settings–> Opening documents in browser is set to “Use the server default (Open in the client application)”

 

 

Hybrid SharePoint Online – Existing on Premise Active Directory and Exchange

The following  collection of light reading is to guide those who need to connect SharePoint Online and existing on premise Exchange and Active Directory

The aim is to have on log in with cloud and on premise services synchronized. Continue reading “Hybrid SharePoint Online – Existing on Premise Active Directory and Exchange”

Sunday Night Music

I need to practice my mellow, so I am just going to sing along to a few of these.

Mellow and Cool lies after the fold Continue reading “Sunday Night Music”

Getting Started on Acrobat and Digital Certificates

A quick post in response to questions on where to start reading on Acrobat and Digital Certificates.

Adobe provide a couple of starting points:

Willful Blindness Ted Talk – To make you think

While this talk is focused on social and political issues, this theme is relevant to addressing change and problems in business and personal relationships.

Well worth the time. Video after the fold Continue reading “Willful Blindness Ted Talk – To make you think”

Getting Started with Information Rights Management and SharePoint Online (or On Premise)

Question:

“How can we protect documents that users might download from SharePoint?”

Answer:

You need Information Rights Management (IRM) service – now available in some Office 365/SharePoint online plans

And now some resources to get you started if you have SharePoint Online (2013) . Continue reading “Getting Started with Information Rights Management and SharePoint Online (or On Premise)”

Where to find SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, OneNote and Office Mobile Apps for your Mobile Device

Question:

Which Tools are available for which Tablets and Phones?

Answer:

A growing range of Office tools are now available for Phones and Tablets. Use this post to find which tools are available for your device and related overview articles. I will update this as new tools are released.

OneNote

Where to get it Continue reading “Where to find SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, OneNote and Office Mobile Apps for your Mobile Device”

Where to start reading up on SharePoint Online Backup (a little on On Premise)

Question:

“I know Microsoft backs up SharePoint Online data, but how do I do it myself? – Just to be safe?”

Answer:

I have found the resources and articles detailed below. I have to work through and evaluate these tools and approaches myself. So at this point I can’t recommend a particular tool, they are all listed to give you possibilities Continue reading “Where to start reading up on SharePoint Online Backup (a little on On Premise)”

Make your email signature mobile device friendly, from the Grumpy Trainer

A few common older email signature practices aren’t mobile friendly, so here are my tips to make it easier for me to call you from an email on my phone: Continue reading “Make your email signature mobile device friendly, from the Grumpy Trainer”

Keeping up with issues arising from PRISM and all that

If you are in IT in any way, or have even a little propeller on your hat you should be listening to Security Now. Recent episodes have been explaining and covering thoroughly the mechanics and issues arising from the US government internet surveillance program.  It can get a little heavy technically at points, and I am glad I did networking at college once upon a time..but don’t let this put you off. You won’t be the first or last person to rewind and review parts of an episode. its well worth the effort.

I’ve included the video in my post, but I think its best consumed as audio – you get get it from iTunes or the link above.

Regards

Steven

SharePoint Tip: Setting Outlook Reminders on SharePoint Calendars

I have been asked the question of how to do this a few times. Finally got five minutes to research it.

The answer is quite clever and simple. It can be done using standard SharePoint and Outlook features.

Overview

  1. Create a view showing items in the calendar with a start time of Today
  2. Connect to the RSS feed from the SharePoint view using Outlook
  3. Use rules and alerts in Outlook, to set up an Alert on new items in the RSS feed

Steps in Detail

There are two good articles that outline the process in detail

Good Luck

Steven

 

Nexus 7 and Office 365

Why did I buy a tablet?

My requirements/objectives were

  • I wanted a better ebook reader, to facilitate study (with ability to listen to audio books and podcasts)
  • I wanted something with a bigger screen than my phone for email and simple document preparation
  • I wanted something smaller than my laptop to suit “one bag travel” as I do more travel for work (laptop is old, heavy and soon to be replaced)
  • I wanted something with a bigger screen than my phone for basic access to Office 365
  • All the cool kids have tablets and I wanted one too!
  • On a tight budget

So I wanted  a light work and study tool

Why not buy an Ipad?

Ipads are very, very nice. No argument at all.

But…

Every small business decision is a compromise, governed by Cash Flow, Budget and like factors. In plain language, the Ipad was about $AUD 170 dearer. And I needed that $170 elsewhere. Continue reading “Nexus 7 and Office 365”

SharePoint 2007 – rich text and other form fields not working in Internet Explorer?

If you have this problem, you may have just upgraded to IE10.

The solution is easy, you need to switch on compatibility mode in IE 10.  At this point, I will direct you to Cory Peters who will show you how to do this (its easy)

This issue is likely to  crop up more as SharePoint 2007 persists and browsers progress..

Regards

Steven