Author: Keith Tuomi

Preview of smart diagrams for Visio

Although first announced back in October, i’d like to bring awareness to the following awesomeness coming from the Visio team. They are still looking for people to try out the new smart diagrams feature and provide valuable feedback: Introducing early preview of smart diagrams from Visio for Windows We are pleased to announce an early preview of smart diagrams for the first time in Visio, brought to you exclusively by the Office Insider Program. To preview and give your feedback directly to the team, sign up for smart diagrams today! Do you currently spend hours connecting shapes, placing the shapes into the right Swim lanes to create the perfect layout? Looking to save time while creating your process diagrams from data every day? With Visio’s smart diagrams feature, now you can automatically create a Basic Flowchart or Cross-Functional Flowchart from your process map in Excel, in no time. The process metadata you capture in Excel now gets stored in Visio shapes as shape data for you. How does the preview work? The preview will be open to all Office Insiders. If you are not a part of the Office Insider Program,  you can still get access to the early preview by signing up. Once you sign up, we can help you with onboard with the rest. Note: The feature preview scope is *limited*. We are always working to improve our feature to...

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Troubleshooting MS Office Install issues (MSI & Click-to-Run)

Here’s a shortlist of some useful troubleshooting techniques, divided into two sections according to the two main types of MS Office Installations: MSI: “Traditional” Windows installer Click-to-Run: Office 365 installed MS Office MS Office MSI Install Troubleshooting “Verbose logging” is a setting that exposes more information during the installation process. It will capture “warning” as well as “error” messages that provide us with clues to your problem. To do onetime verbose logging: Diagnosing When Setup Stops Responding At times, Office Setup stops responding (hangs), and you do not receive any error message. The best thing to do in this situation is to restart your computer, and run Office Setup again with complete verbose logging turned on (with one additional option). To do this, start Office Setup. To do so, follow these steps: Click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type the following command line, and then click OK: pathSetup.exe /L*v! C:Verboselog.txt Note that Path is the full path of your Office source location. To enable Windows Installer logging yourself, open the registry with Regedit.exe and create the following path and keys: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SoftwarePolicies\Microsoft\WindowsInstaller Reg_SZ: Logging Value: voicewarmupx The letters in the value field can be in any order. Each letter turns on a different logging mode. Each letter’s actual function is as follows for MSI version 1.1: v – Verbose output o – Out-of-disk-space messages i – Status...

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Archetonomy Mega Drop Down Review

Having usable and accurate navigation is essential to the success of your SharePoint site. SharePoint’s default navigation can be used to create concise main navigation menus, and can even support taxonomy via Managed Navigation. Visually & functionally, however, you’re limited to a simple 4-level deep flyout/dropdown menu for the main navigation. In the side Quick Launch menus, hierarchy can be implied with simple indenting of the text links. In both of those main navigation areas of SharePoint, the out-of-the-box experience does have some definite UI and UX constraints. The Mega menus concept Now, mega menus are probably well familiar to anyone and everyone by now- it was an up and coming design trend back in the late 2000’s. Old hat – but let’s review the fundamentals of this design pattern first: Typically, a mega menu: is a single drop-down that appears on hover shows all the options in one large panel groups options into related categories uses icons or other graphics to help the user. They can succeed because: They offer a good compromise between simple and expanding menus. They are easy to use and should suffer fewer accessibility problems. They can condense a lot of information architecture artifacts into a small amount of screen real estate Mega menus done right Mega menus gone WRONG Mega menu best practices Mega menus in Ecommerce – design Trends from 2011 vs 2014 Now, in the...

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Use Microsoft Flow to grab image of the day for SharePoint

The default Search Center in SharePoint is quite minimalist- just an empty page layout with a search box. This post will show you how to use the workflow logic of Microsoft Flow to grab a reference to the Bing image of the day, copy it’s URL to a SharePoint list, and then use clientside scripting to set the image as a background to your search center or use elsewhere in your portal. There’s been plenty of tutorials posted over the years in terms of SP image rotaters, jazzing up search centers, etc. – the focus of this post is really more about using Flow to parse external RSS data into a SharePoint list on an ongoing basis, and then do something with that data. 1. Create the SharePoint List In order to not have to query an external RSS feed every time a user hits a page where we want to display referenced images, we’re going to use a SharePoint list as a repository for the image links as they come in each day. In your SharePoint site collection of choice (in this case, i’m using the root site collection), create a new Custom List with the name “Daily Images”. There’s no extra columns or tweaks needed for this List, we’re just going to be using the OOTB Title field to store our daily image URL and that’s it.Need...

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What is Office 365? Two simple & current Infographics

You just know you’re in a complex business when even having a good oversight of the major tangents of what you do, is hard to come come by. In Office 365, we have a lot of new services being added on to plumbing/infrastructure backbone of the already massive SharePoint framework. Conversely, recent changes to SharePoint itself have consolidated some of the user experience scenarios, addressing BIG day to day problems for information workers – file collaboration, CMS-style content publishing and getting away from a “one-size fits all” intranet scenario. So what IS the mile high perspective? Naming the services is one thing, but showing their intended relationship with each other is crucial. It’s said you don’t really understand something unless you can explain it in simple terms-  here’s two awesome takes on it: ..and here’s a different perspective, from Ben at ShareGate: Crafted by: Sharegate, The SIMPLEST Office 365 and SharePoint Security & Management tool...

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