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SharePoint /_layout/images/ Full List - Update
I have updated the area where you can see all the different images that SharePoint provides OOB.  The original setup called up each image, well with a grouping of over 900 images that could be a over a meg of data, not acceptable. 
 
So the new setup is one image showing all the individual images with the name of the file below.  This will make it much faster to view the images.
 
 
Click to View SharePoint Images
 
SharePoint /_layout/images/ Full List
Not everyone has admin access to see under the hood of SharePoint.  One of those areas is the "/_layout/images/" directory where SharePoint stores its images. 
 
As user who customizes SharePoint and uses JQuery and Javascript to improve the experience I found that I wanted to use the same images that came with SharePoint, but I did not have access.  So with the help of Paul Greneir I was able to get my hands on the 2000+ images found in "/_layout/images/".
 
My first reaction was wonderful, now I can organize and have access to all these images.  Then when I realized it was 2000+ images, I took great pause.  That is a lot of images to review and organize.
 
Here is what I am attempting, not to loose my sanity.  So far I have grouped these in two ways.  First, I have grouped them alphabetically.  Second, I have grouped them by size of the image (Small, Medium, Large).
 
I have also identified which images can be found in WSS and MOSS (both) and only on MOSS (MOSS Only).
 
Here is a sample view: 
 
 
 
Click to View SharePoint Images
 
Print - Clean Pages and Lists on any Page
There was a question on www.endusersharepoint.com stump the Panel about how to print a list of issues one issue on a page.  This got me to thinking about the solutions that are out there and how I would solve this problem.  I decided to put together a list of solutions that I know of for printing.
 
I have three solutions.  The first allows you to print any page with out the top portion of the page.  Second is the solution that Paul Grenier (www.endusersharepoint.com) put together to print any list on a page. And the Third is one that I put together that combined Paul's solutions and Christophe's (pathtosharepoint.wordpress.com) solution to have a calculated column have HTML, which allows us to create a page break after each issue, thus be able to print an issue on its own page.
 
 
Enjoy,
 
Peter
Meeting Minutes - Use of a Blog to manage
I have always found meeting minutes in a document library hard to manage, not easy to find information from the meeting, and a hassle to have to open each document searching for a specific piece of info. 
 
Problem:
 
Meeting Minutes in Document Library Challenges:
  • Have to open each meeting minute document to search for the right meeting with the right information.
  • Meeting minutes file names just have the date and unless I have a calendar in front of me, difficult to easily recall what day I looking for.
  • Can't look for meetings minutes regarding specific topics.
  • Can't search across meeting minutes to find action items assigned to me.

These are just a few of the of the many challenges with meeting minutes in a document library.

You may suggest using the SharePoint Meeting Workspace template.  I have found that the concept of having multiple lists to capture agendas, attendees, action items and meeting notes was to much work for those managing a meeting.

Solution:

I was reading a post, that I can't find, that suggested using a Blog for meeting minutes.  I gave it a good review to see what the benefits would be.  At the company I work for we have implemented about 3 months ago and it has been a huge success.

As read more and thought about all the issues that I have with meeting minutes it made a lot of sense as a good solution to solve many of the problems I outlined above.

  A Blog can handle rich text like word.

Benefits and Results:

  • A Blog is sequential log of post, like meeting minutes, from newest to oldest.
  • Up to 10 meeting minutes can be viewed at a time.
  • Can do a simple CTRL F and search for through all post listed.
  • Can now categorize meeting minutes and even have multiple categories (I will show how to add that to categories on a Blog, which is not standard.)
  • Can view posts in a calendar view and go back month by month looking for the correct meeting minute.
  • Can easily send meeting minutes from the Blog.
  • Can sign up for an RSS feed to see when meeting minutes are added or updated.
  • Can provide comments to a specific meeting minute with out having to edit the meeting minutes.
  • Can save draft version of a meeting minute before posting it to the Blog.

A Blog can be added to any site.  It will be a subsite, but you can link to it from your main site.  Benefit is that the meeting minutes Blog can have the same or separate permissions.

Click on my ExamplePoint link to view a sample meeting minute Blog and how to set one up.

Blogs - How to change Blog Posts to allow multiple selections for Categories
By default the Blog template sets the Categories for Posts to single selection.  This is a real bother as many Posts will have multiple Categories that can be assigned. So I have put together a step by step process for changing it so that your posts can have multiple Categories.
 
Step 1:
Go to your Blog and select Mange Posts in your Admin Links.  If you do not see Admin Links then you either do not have access to do this or are not signed in.
 
Step 1 Photo
 
Step 2:
From Settings select List Setting:
 
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Step 3:
Once in the List setting scroll down to Columns and the click on Categories.
 
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Step 4:
When you are in the Category column settings, scroll down to Additional Column Setting and check the box for Allow Multiple values and then click OK. 
 
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You have made it so that your Posts can have multiple categories.
 
Enjoy,
 
Peter
Meeting Minutes - Use a Blog
At the company that I work for we have for the last 3 months been using a Blog to capture and communicate meeting minutes.  I came across a post in another SP Blog that gave an overview to using a Blog for meeting minutes.
 
We have found That it has solved many issues with standard word meeting minute documents housed in a document library.
 
I have added this topic to my TopicPoint area and will be posting solutions and tweaks to using a Blog for meeting minutes.  Click on Meeting Minutes to view the details and latest info I have.
 
We have found a Blog for meeting minutes has been very liberating and provided a better way to communicate meeting minutes.
 
Mike at EndUserSharePoint.com posted on his blog and has a screencast on it. 
 
 
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