Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS 3.0)

SharePoint Web Parts that Connect to the Internet

A weather web part on your corporate intranet home page is something that sounds like a great idea since it will increase your end users productivity by reducing the amount of time they spend visiting weather web sites. One downside to adding these types of web parts is they could give the perception that your intranet is inaccessible in the event of an Internet outage. A few days ago, while at one of my customers sites, they experienced a major telecom outage.

Remove the header row from a SharePoint list.

Problem: You’ve added a picture column to your SharePoint “Announcements” list and you now have an unwanted column header that shows up. You only want to remove the column header for specific lists. This method can be used to hide the column header on any individual list. Solution: Create a custom view style that doesn’t show the header row and can easily be applied to individual SharePoint list views. As a best practice, make a copy of the VWSTYLES.

Associate SharePoint Documents with Application Specific Icons

Problem: You can’t tell what types of documents are in a SharePoint document library because they show a blank icon: Solution: Add an icon for the document types. For pdf’s, download the small 17×17 pdf icon from Adobe: Save the icon to the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\TEMPLATEIMAGES folder on your SharePoint server. As a best practice, make a copy of the DOCICON.XML file located in c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\TEMPLATEXML on your SharePoint server before modifying it in the step below.