Tag Archives: SharePoint Online

“CSS scares me!” – How to Move Past the Intimidation and Implement Custom CSS in SharePoint

Be it clowns, creepy movies, dark basements with a single dingy light bulb or the next presidential candidate, we all have our fears. What I don’t want anyone to be afraid of is adding some custom CSS to their SharePoint site. With the push to not use custom master pages in SharePoint Online / Office 365, more and more people are looking for alternatives on how to pull off small tweaks (and even big ones) in their SharePoint site user interface that doesn’t involve custom master pages. Continue reading “CSS scares me!” – How to Move Past the Intimidation and Implement Custom CSS in SharePoint

Stack the SharePoint Suite Bar on top of Ribbon – SharePoint Online / Office 365

Just over a year ago I wrote a post about stacking the SharePoint 2013 Suite Bar on top of the Ribbon, thus collapsing down the needed real estate for the top area of your SharePoint site.  I was asked this week if it was possible to do it for SharePoint Online / Office 365. As with SharePoint 2013 on-premises, you can accomplish this with CSS – it just takes a few more lines of code to pull it off.  Continue reading Stack the SharePoint Suite Bar on top of Ribbon – SharePoint Online / Office 365

Effective Use of the EditModePanel in SharePoint Page Layouts with Complex Designs

One of the hidden gems in SharePoint is the EditModePanel. This control can be used in a multitude of ways, including altering your page layout to better suit the page in edit mode when you have a restricted width or more complex design. Continue reading Effective Use of the EditModePanel in SharePoint Page Layouts with Complex Designs

“Just the Essentials” SharePoint Master Pages for SharePoint 2013

Continuing the tradition started with SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010, I have put together and posted several different master page files (and one HTML file) for use with SharePoint 2013.  Every file is heavily commented and provides a lot of information about what code is necessary for various SharePoint functionality and content.  Due to the continued use of the enhanced user interface elements added to SharePoint 2010 and carried over to SharePoint 2013 along with new additions such as the Suite Bar, there are specific HTML elements, IDs, controls and classes that need to remain in place in the master page.  You can’t take a total slash and burn approach to developing a custom SharePoint 2013 master page.   So in short, read the comments!

Posting 2013 master pages in 2015? Yeah… I know.  This has been on my to do list for a long time and between teaching and kiddos, I just didn’t get to it.  But I will make up for it by posting SharePoint vNext master pages as soon as humanly possible or within a month of final product release, whichever comes first. 
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Making seattle.master Responsive

“Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. Except for a nice M.L.T., a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky. I love that.”

You know what else would be the greatest thing in the world? A responsive version of SharePoint 2013’s Seattle master page. While an ETA continues to be dodged for this juicy addition for SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online, we can play Miracle Max and do it ourselves.  Yes really.  At the end of the day, it is just CSS.  That we can do.  Continue reading Making seattle.master Responsive

Don’t Delete OOTB SharePoint Page Layouts

For years I have told students who were creating new page layouts for their SharePoint publishing or Enterprise Wiki (in the case of SP2013) sites that they can optionally delete the default page layouts that come with the site.  I am here to officially rescind that advice! Continue reading Don’t Delete OOTB SharePoint Page Layouts

Customizing the SharePoint Online App Launcher

The waffle, the grid, the thingie in the left corner of your Suite Bar… the SharePoint Online (SPO) app launcher has many descriptions and is one of the latest changes made to SPO.  It gives the user fast access to apps and even allows you to customize what is listed and the order. It is a pretty nifty thing.  But what if you want to brand it? Or take away an option because you don’t want all of your users accessing it? Continue reading Customizing the SharePoint Online App Launcher

To brand or not to brand, that is the SharePoint Online Question

There has been quite the chatter happening on the ole’ interweb lately surrounding the topic of branding and site customization for SharePoint Online (SPO). The overall message people keep hearing is “don’t use custom master pages for SharePoint Online.” Since branding is my schtick, this makes me die a little on the inside each time I hear it. But please hear me when I say this… blanket statements are rarely applicable to everyone involved and should by no means be considered as a rule for life. Yes, you can use custom master pages with SharePoint Online. Yes, it will involve work. But there is no such thing as custom branding without work.  The issue is lack of control, and that is a scary thing to face. So let’s recap what has been happening and then I will chime in with my two cents since that is what blog posts are for anyways. Continue reading To brand or not to brand, that is the SharePoint Online Question

Hide Font Faces from the SharePoint Ribbon using CSS

As a follow up to the post Hide items from SharePoint Ribbon using CSS, here are a few more selectors to hide specific font faces from the font formatting options in the Ribbon.  I received a question from a SPTechCon Boston 2014 attendee about this and I have to say, I don’t blame the guy for not wanting to give his users 14 font face options for their content.  🙂  Continue reading Hide Font Faces from the SharePoint Ribbon using CSS