Laurent Schoenaers

Information consultant and Office 365 enthousiast

Category: SharePoint Online (page 1 of 2)

Get a direct link to a document in Modern Libraries

With the Modern Libraries in SharePoint Online, getting a direct link – with a readable path – is not as straight forward as it was with the Classic Libraries. While the option is not there right before you, it is still possible to obtain such a link. In fact, there are even two.

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Sharegate bulk incremental update

In Sharegate, having the full license (!), it is possible to run PowerShell scripts. In this script we could read a CSV-file to bulk migrate document libraries, lists or sites.

This can speed up the migration time, since you would only need to specify the objects once in a simple CSV-file instead of manually going through every object one by one, which is very time consuming.

In this example, we will perform a bulk incremental update (only copy the item if it is newer in the source than the corresponding item at the destination) of some document libraries from an on premise environment to different Site Collections in SharePoint Online.

The reports can be found in Sharegate as well, through the “Migration reports” button in the Ribbon.

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SharePoint Online lock/unlock your site

In some scenarios it is required to put a site in read only-mode, for example a project site, or to simply just remove access to it.

From the SharePoint Online Admin Center there is no way to lock your site, or to put it in read-only. There are two ways to achieve this, one is through Powershell, the other one through the Site Settings of your Site Collection.

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Get all checked out documents in a SharePoint Site Collection, and check them in

A customer of mine had the need to get an overview of all the checked out documents for a given Site Collection, and to check them in afterwards prior to a content migration from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint Online.

Since no out of the box features exist to accomplish this goal, I had to write a Powershell-script to find all the checked out documents in a Site Collection.

You can find the script here. It works for SharePoint Online as for SharePoint 2013. I did not test it with SharePoint 2010.

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Embedding external content in an Office 365 Group / SharePoint Online site

Recently I had the requirement to embed an external website onto a modern page on a SharePoint Online site. Fine, that’s no problem at all. This is available out-of-the-box on a modern page, right?

Embedding external content in an Office 365 Group / SharePoint Online site

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Introduction to SharePoint Framework

As technology is evolving into a more and more client-side experience, JavaScript is becoming a substantial part in SharePoint implementations. With JavaScript you can build rich, fast, interactive user experiences on the client with responsive interfaces that run in browsers as well as a hybrid, native HTML experience on phones.

SharePoint fully embraces this trend, and has released the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). A Page and Part model that enables fully supported client-side development, easy integration with the Microsoft Graph and support for open source tooling. The new experiences for the new mobile app, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, including the new document library and list experiences are built using the SharePoint Framework.

SharePoint Framework

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SharePoint comparison matrix for 3rd party migration tools

Recently, I came across a very interesting blogpost from Alex Dove, pointing out all the differences, pro’s and cons about the most popular migration tools to SharePoint Online (Office 365).

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SharePoint Online Promoted links

We have all been there, we want to show some Promoted links on a SharePoint Online page. But we want it to show on multiple rows, which you cannot do out-of-the-box.

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