3Sharp Perspective

Customizing the Search Experience in SharePoint Online

Recently, a client asked us to customize the search experience for their organization (a non-profit college of legal professionals). They already had an extensive store of SharePoint Online content in a number of custom libraries and lists. While out-of-the-box search worked, because of the highly customized nature of the content and how it was organized,

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Taking advantage of Power BI Q&A

What if you had the ability to use common natural language to find answers to your own data without having to rely on complex sql statements, long winded code or cumbersome data scorecards and dashboards?  What if interactive scorecards and dashboards could be accessible to you by simply posing questions and getting answers back?One of

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Power BI and the new way of working with data

Whether you are a small, medium to large company, getting your arms around good data and managing multiple data reports can be a daunting feat. As a former data analyst, I remember this process all too well.  A well-formed data report is key to understanding company growth and decline.  This is the "business intelligence" piece

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Discovering SharePoint: From Novice to IT Pro

 Before working at 3Sharp, I thought SharePoint was an amorphous collection of Microsoft technologies which I associated with intranet, content, and document management. Somehow through the wonders of the interwebs and magically tied together by a team of engineers, SharePoint enabled organizations to be more productive and thus more profitable. But what could it really

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SharePoint 2013 User License Enforcement

SharePoint 2013 provides a new feature called User License Enforcement that many may not be aware of.  SharePoint 2013 now supports a mix of different licenses in a single farm.  What this means, is that Enterprise features can be made available to those who need it, and Standard features to others.  This can save an organization

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Redirecting the Site Logo to the Root Site Collection

For a few recent projects our customers had asked to change the behavior associated with clicking the site logo of a SharePoint 2013 site. By default, when a user clicks the site logo of a subsite, for example, then that user is redirected to that site's home page. Instead, our customers wanted the behavior such

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Site Closure and Deletion

 One of the new features of SharePoint 2013 is called Site Closure and Deletion.  Users now have the ability schedule when sites are closed - site is in Read only mode - and when the site is deleted.  This can be extremely useful in situations where ad hoc sites are provisioned and used for just

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Copy and Paste from Excel to a SharePoint List

I occasionally need to transfer data from Excel to a SharePoint list. However, in SharePoint 2013, while there is an “Export to Excel” option, there is no “Import from Excel” functionality. How sad!Fortunately, as described in a helpful blog originally posted in 2008 for SharePoint 2007, you can use cut/paste to copy items from Excel

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