Removing checkbox from SharePoint view using PowerShell

At times there is a need to remove the selection checkboxes in SharePoint list/library views. The following PowerShell code does that for you $OpenWeb = Get-SPWeb
$OpenList = $OpenWeb.Lists["My Library"]
$OpenView = $OpenList.Views["All Documents"]
$OpenView.TabularView = $false

Enabling ECB menu on a custom column in SharePoint 2013

Most of you would be aware of the fact that in SharePoint 2010 we could move the ECB menu on any custom column or for that matter a different columns than what was when the List/Library got created. There is a blog for the same (as below). As part of this blog we are going to see how to achieve the same in SharePoint 2013. The basic concept in SharePoint 2013 still remains the same as SharePoint 2010. However, Since the Design View has been removed from the SharePoint Designer 2013 hence I wanted to put across the modified steps to be performed in the absence of the Design View. Steps: As we all know by default the ECB menu is present on the Name column in case of a SharePoint Document Library and on the Title column in case of a SharePoint list. Here we are gong to take the example of a SharePoint Document Library. Note: The steps remain the same for a SharePoint List as well

  1. Navigate to the Document Library/List where you want to move the ECB menu to a different column. Ensure that the column on which you want to move the ECB menu is present in the view. In our example the column/field is Title


2.   Navigate to the Library Tab in the ribbon of the document library and select the Modify view in SharePoint Designer (Advanced) option image 3.   This will open the view in SharePoint Designer (Use SharePoint Designer 2013) image 4.   In the Editor locate the <View> element  as shown below image 5.   Under <View> locate  <ViewFields> and then the <FieldRef Name=”Title”> or the field where you want to enable the ECB menu and then add the attribute ListItemMenu=”TRUE” image 6.   Save the changes and visit your document library to verify that ECB has been enabled on the Title field. image

SharePoint online improvements

The rapid growth of Office 365 among enterprises has been influential in having Microsoft improve the platform. SharePoint Online is seen as a subset of it’s on-premise counterpart, but with the improvements pouring in thick and fast are working towards filling the gap between the two. Couple of weeks back Microsoft announced improvements to the SkyDrive Pro as described here. Now, few more improvements have been announced to the SharePoint on-line platform which are been listed below

File Upload – Single file upload has been increased from 250MB to 2GB (same as on premise)
  – Applies to SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint Team site document libraries
  – Drag and Drop files or use the standard upload file dialog box
  *.exe and *.dll are now acceptable file types by default (not blocked)
Site Collection – No of site collections to be increased from 3000 to 10000
  – Office 365 Enterprise Plans – 10000 site collections
– Office 365 Small Business Plans – 1 site collection
– Office 365 Midsize Business Plans – 20 site collections
List Lookup Threshold Relationship threshold of list lookups from 8 to 12 relations
Recycle Bin – File Retention period increased from 30 days to 90 days
  – Applies to site, site collection and SkyDrive Pro
  – Applies to documents, lists, list items, sites and site collections

Office 365 – SkyDrive Pro Improvements

skydriveproSkyDrive Pro allows you to store your files and share them easily with co-workers and access them from your mobile devices. Your files are safely kept in the cloud with SharePoint Online or on your company’s SharePoint Server 2013 servers, depending on what your company has set up.

SkyDrive Pro lets you:

  • Store and organize your private documents and other files in a secure location in the cloud or on your company’s SharePoint servers.
  • Share files and folders with other people in your organization and give them permission to review or edit the content.
  • Synchronize files and folders in your SkyDrive Pro and other SharePoint libraries with your computer or mobile devices, so you can access your content offline.

SkyDrive Pro Improvements

  • Now each user gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (earlier it was 7 GB).
  • SkyDrive Pro storage can now be increased beyond the default 25 GB-up to 50 GB & 100 GB.
  • New Shared with Me view allows you to find documents others have shared with you.

SharePoint Online Improvements

  • File upload limit in SharePoint Online to 2 GB/file
  • Default recycle bin retention to 90 days (earlier it was 30 days)

UPDATED 09/09/2013  –  SharePoint Online improvements have been documented here

Deprecated Features in SharePoint 2013

In the world of software development, "deprecated" refers to functions or elements that are in the process of being replaced by newer ones.While a deprecated software feature remains in the software its use may raise warning messages recommending alternative practices; deprecated status may also indicate that feature will be removed in the future. Features are deprecated rather than immediately removed to provide backward compatibility and give programmers time to bring affected code into compliance with the new standard. The following features in SharePoint 2010 Products that have been deprecated or removed from SharePoint 2013. Deprecated features are included in SharePoint 2013 for compatibility with previous product versions. These features will be removed in the next major release of SharePoint Products.

Feature Description Reason
Visual Upgrade The visual upgrade feature in SharePoint Server 2010 is not available in SharePoint 2013. The visual upgrade feature is replaced with deferred site collection upgrade. The site collection upgrade process is not reversible. The deferred site collection upgrade is a more comprehensive upgrade process than visual upgrade.
Document Workspace site template When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, the Document Workspace site template is not available. The scenario of collaborating on a document is now provided by the Team Site site template.
Personalization Site site template When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, the Personalization Site site template is not available. The Personalization Site site template was not a widely used site template.
Meeting Workspace site templates When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, all five of the Meeting Workspace site templates are not available. This includes the
Basic Meeting Workspace Blank Meeting Workspace Decision Meeting Workspace Social Meeting Workspace Multipage Meeting Workspace.
SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 provide other features that support meetings and collaboration. For example, you can use Lync to conduct live meetings, OneNote to take notes during meetings, and a SharePoint team site or My Site to store shared meeting notes.
Group Work site template When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, the Group Work site template is not available. The Group Work site template was not a widely used site template.
Visio Process Repository site template When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, the Visio Process Repository site template is not available. The Visio Process Repository site template was not a widely used site template.
Unghosting and customizing CSS files The following methods will be removed from the next major release of SharePoint
The methods are outdated and are no longer needed
Imaging Web service The Imaging Web service provides functionality for creating and managing picture libraries. The Imaging Web service will be removed from the next major release of SharePoint. The Imaging Web service is included and supported in SharePoint 2013. The Imaging Web service is not widely used. The only client application for the Imaging Web service, Office Picture Manager, is no longer included with SharePoint 2013.
Excel Services — Can’t edit workbooks in the browser that have external data connections Workbooks with external data connections that use Windows authentication cannot be refreshed in the browser. Instead, you are prompted to open the workbook in the Excel client program. This is a design limitation in SharePoint 2013.
Web Analytics Web Analytics in SharePoint Server 2010 has been discontinued and is not available in SharePoint 2013. Analytics processing for SharePoint 2013 is now a component of the Search service. A new analytics system was required for SharePoint 2013 that included improvements in scalability and performance, and that had an infrastructure that encompasses SharePoint Online.
Organization Profiles The Organization Profiles feature is deprecated in SharePoint Server 2013. Organization Profiles contain detailed information about an organization such as teams, divisions, and other information that describes the organization’s hierarchy. SharePoint features related to identities continue to evolve around the core concepts of users and groups, and SharePoint will not be investing further in OrgID.
Search capabilities The search capabilities of SharePoint Foundation 2013 have changed, and are now based on the same search implementation as SharePoint Server. This provides many improvements, but also means that the search configuration is very different. Alignment of basic capabilities between SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation.

For a complete list please visit the following links Changes from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 Discontinued features and modified functionality in Microsoft SharePoint 2013