The 2017 Update

February 6, 2017

It’s been a few years since I updated my blog. Not to say I’ve moved away from Microsoft technologies, no no, far from that, I am more engrossed with SharePoint 2013 on prem.

Learnings from the last few years:

  • Powershell (who would have thought that so much automation can be achieved with such a tiny shell!)
  • KQL – SharePoint search schema.
  • CSOM/JSOM – Incredible leaps and bounds into further customisation.

Latest development I have been creating includes customising a world map using SVG, HTML, CSS, Result Web Parts, Display Templates (the list goes on and on and on!)

Have attended many bootcamps, kept in touch with the loads of architects and professionals in the Microsoft sphere, to old faces and new.. Uzma is back on the blogging scene!



Amazing development works in SharePoint 2013

July 31, 2013

I have had a deep dive into SharePoint 2013 and I am on a cusp of go live

In recent weeks I have been in shock and awe with a very little appreciated tool … Powershell. By King George it is amazingly powerful. I have imported master pages, styles, iterated security groups, created sites libraries and wonderful work arounds.

From end user to consultant to developer and project manager; this is by far the most exciting period of my career. Creativity and innovation at its best.

SharePoint 2013 – content by search webpart

May 24, 2013

Over the last few weeks I have got to know a small element of SharePoint 2013. Despite the normal banging my head on the table situation, it is by far a really good product.

The Content By Search webpart is by far the best feature for me so far. It changes the prospective of using multiple views to personalise content to something a lot more simpler.

If you have been a designer like me and was annoyed with the lack of design view don’t worry. If you know your codes right, there’s always a workaround.

information is not knowledge. Knowledge comes from experience.

SharePoint Evo Conference 2013

April 16, 2013

A big thank you to Combined Knowledge and partners that have organised this years conference. Day 2 is over and had a great time learning the quirks that come along SP 2013

I am going to live and breathe SharePoint 2013 in my new role so I will post any useful tid bits here.


Data View WebPart – Format Any value-of select to wrap text

March 25, 2013

Latest “bang my head on the desk” moment was to wrap text in a data view web part. The XLST was modified to show conditional formatting and had columns I wanted, however modifying the width of the webpart, scrollbars appeared. Which is not what I nor the customer wanted.

To avoid this to show line of business data and/or any content from sharepoint, edit the XLST and change the span style for the particular value-of select column, e.g from:

<xsl:value-of select=”/dsQueryResponse/NewDataSet/Row/@title” />


<span style=”width:32px; overflow:auto; white-space:normal”>
<xsl:value-of select=”/dsQueryResponse/NewDataSet/Row/@title” />

‘New Document’ requires a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible application and web browser – Office 2013 and SharePoint 2010

February 26, 2013

Office 2013 is not compatible with SharePoint 2010.

I have seen when creating content from a document library, a dialog box states that a SharePoint Foundation compatible application and web browser is required to create content.

In order to work around this problem, uninstall InfoPath 2013 and this problem will go away.

This has been tested on Windows 8 running Office 2013 and IE 10.

User Profile Service – Pictures simply not updating AD Thumbnailphoto attribute

April 18, 2012

I have been facing an issue with the thumbnail photo attribute in AD not updating


This blog was a godsend:

Hyperlink/Picture Column does not display image

October 24, 2011

I came across a very interesting issue. I had a simple custom SharePoint List library. One of the columns was a “headshot” formatted as a Picture to allow users to paste in a URL of their pictures.

In a SharePoint list view, the picture came out wonderfully. However, I wanted to be a little creative in SharePoint Designer.

So I created my data view and dragged my columns onto the page.


The Headshot value turned out to be something like this on the page. “http://intranet-porta/headshots/uzma1.jpg,&#8221;

When formatting the “@Headshot” value as a picture link was broken. All images in the list turned out to have an extra “,” at the end of the URL.

The work around is to create a XSL attribute, in my example, I created:


<xsl:attribute name=”src”>

<xsl:value-of select=”substring-before(@Headshot,’,’)” />



And it works like magic!

Email attachments from a Document Library in SharePoint 2010

October 20, 2011

I have had to look into how we can email attachments from Document Libraries in SharePoint 2010.

Bear in mind, Microsoft will only allow you to email links out but is a little annoying when you have to use Windows Explorer and manage your documents (esp if you have hundreds!) so I have found a lovely Codeplex solution to do the job for me!

Check it out, works beautifully:

Ensure that your outgoing SMTP server is specified correctly in CA to.