Tag Archives: navigation

Working with the SharePoint Navigation

Yes, the SharePoint navigation really can work for your needs

A commonly misunderstood component of SharePoint is the navigation. We are frequently asked in class about how to make changes to the navigation and when we cover it, people are really surprised and honestly, it is pretty anti-climatic! Here are a few things everyone should know about manipulating SharePoint navigation. Continue reading Working with the SharePoint Navigation

Modify SharePoint Add link in a list or library

For such a small little guy, the “Add” action link for a SharePoint list or library can sure cause a lot of grief for people.  Here is a sample of the SharePoint Add link if you were looking at a Links list.  Different lists show different text, such as Add Document or Add New Announcement.

Add new link option for SharePoint lists and libraries

I hear a lot of requests to change the look and feel of the link or move it to a different location on the web page. Luckily there is a lot you can do with CSS alone.  Continue reading Modify SharePoint Add link in a list or library

Add a tool tip for an image you create in CSS

My golden site design coding rule is site design supporting images are only referenced through the CSS.  This would include logos, header images, gradation bars, decorative backgrounds, etc.  Content supporting images (like Bob and Joe hanging at the company picnic) are content supporting images and therefore can end up in other places outside of CSS.

A question that often comes up when I teach this is “what about the ALT text value for the image?”. Continue reading Add a tool tip for an image you create in CSS

Create a dynamic, linked logo that goes to your root site

In just about every SharePoint site I customize and every CSS demo I do for people, I always use CSS to convert the SharePoint site title to a clickable logo, much like how we see all across the web.  Having your company logo in the upper left corner of your web site that when clicked takes you back to the home page is a very established usability pattern. People just expect it! Continue reading Create a dynamic, linked logo that goes to your root site

SharePoint Tip: How to Activate the Drop Down Menu in MOSS Sites

MOSS 2007 sites can display drop down menus in the tabbed navigation across the top. Unfortunately there is not an easy check box to activate this functionality, instead things just have to be set up the right way. If you want your MOSS site to show drop down menus, make sure the following is true or walk through the following steps: Continue reading SharePoint Tip: How to Activate the Drop Down Menu in MOSS Sites

SharePoint Tip: How to tell if your WSS site is on a WSS only install of SharePoint

I often come across confusion around branding options and navigation customizations for WSS v3 sites. One of the first questions I ask is if the WSS v3 site is on a server with only WSS v3 installed, or is it on a server where MOSS 2007 has also been installed. This often adds to the confusion. Continue reading SharePoint Tip: How to tell if your WSS site is on a WSS only install of SharePoint

SharePoint 2007 Design Tip: Quick Launch Bar Width

If you are designing custom master pages for a SharePoint 2007 site, be sure to make the width of your Quick Launch bar (a.k.a. left navigation bar) a minimum of 165 pixels. Otherwise the calendar control in an Events list will go over your allowed width and you will have to rework your design to accommodate the ‘Today is’ date. Continue reading SharePoint 2007 Design Tip: Quick Launch Bar Width