SharePoint Column Formatting – make choice type columns that represent boolean values visually stand out

If you have a SharePoint List that has a Choice type column with the following choices as an example: On / Off Active / Expired Yes / No True / False Enabled / Disabled (used in this example), then you might consider adding some column formatting that will help those different choices stand out. With Microsoft constantly simplifying Column Formatting it is possible now (as of 1/3/2019) to just select the color of the background depending on the choice. The editor is very limited though. See the screenshots below. All great, but let’s add our own formatting that in my opinion looks cleaner: To change formatting, click on Status column header – Column settings – Format this column. Once selected, there will be a Format column window on the right side. Paste the code from down below into that windows and save to get the result. The long version of…

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SharePoint – use Microsoft Flow to enforce uniqueness of a combination of two or more columns

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In SharePoint there is an out-of-the-box way to enforce uniqueness of fields. Let’s say you have a SharePoint list with events and dates and by design you would like to allow any combination of events per day as long as they don’t have the same name and date/time at once. According to the requirements, this is not allowed: Team Lunch – 12/29/2018 12:00 PM (same name and date/time) Team Lunch – 12/29/2018 12:00 PM (same name and date/time) And these combinations are allowed: Team Lunch – 12/29/2018 12:00 PM (same name, different date/time) Team Lunch – 12/29/2018 2:00 PM (same name, different date/time) OR Team Lunch – 12/29/2018 12:00 PM (different name, same date/time) Vendor meeting – 12/29/2018 12:00 PM (different name, same date/time) If you make both Event and Date fields unique then you won’t be able to achieve that. Would be great if we could create and use a…

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Script to turn a Shared Mailbox into an automated calendar only or a combination of both

The purpose of this PowerShell script is to adjust an existing Shared Mailbox to auto-accept calendar invitations and either keep emails or automatically remove them. Why would you do that as an admin? Well, there are 2 scenarios for it, and the choice really depends on the department / team in your company and their needs: 1) Its only purpose is a Calendar (e.g. team calendar for vacations) 2) Its purpose is a combination of a Calendar and a Mailbox (e.g. Help Desk mailbox and team calendar for vacations combined rather than two entities separately). Regardless, the way it works for users - they invite that calendar as a participant when creating vacation bookings. Thus, those bookings will be visible in both a personal calendar and a team calendar. What this script does: Turns on auto-processing; Allows conflict creation; Either deletes emails or keeps them depending on a scenario from…

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Microsoft Flow – populate a multi choice field in SharePoint

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How to populate a multi choice field in SharePoint is a frequent question on Microsoft Flow forum. Officially, at the time of this post there is no confirmation that such functionality exists. So I started testing possible ways of doing it and eventually came up with a solution that works and kind of makes sense. If the Trial and Error part is no interest for you, then feel free to scroll down to the Solution. TRIAL AND ERROR 1) I created a Color Choices SharePoint list with Colors being a multi choice column. Choices are Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Green, and Orange. Then from the list itself I submitted the 1st item with Red and Yellow values. The goal was to see how data would look like from the Flow perspective. To do that a simple Flow was created that works on selected item and gets data from it. The result was:…

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Add corporate or custom holidays to user calendars – 2nd method – bulk

Most companies, if not all, have their own set of holidays on top of national ones. So, distributing them is a pretty common task for an Office 365 / Exchange admin. There are different approaches out there with their own pros and cons. I’ve come up with two methods that combined give me a great result. In this post let’s focus on the 2nd method – a bulk one. I came up with this method after doing the migration from IBM Domino to Office 365. It looks complicated but after doing it several times you'll get comfortable and it won't be taking much time anymore. To see more about the 1st method (manual), please follow this link - Add corporate or custom holidays to user calendars – 1st method – manual PREREQUISITES: 1) Download and install (please use default settings) Azure Storage Explorer 2) Prepare a .csv file with all accounts using the…

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Add corporate or custom holidays to user calendars – 1st method – manual

Most companies, if not all, have their own set of holidays on top of national ones. So, distributing them is a pretty common task for an Office 365 / Exchange admin. There are different approaches out there with their own pros and cons. I’ve come up with two methods that combined give me a great result. In this post let’s focus on the 1st method - a manual one. To see more about the 2nd method (bulk), please follow this link – Add corporate or custom holidays to user calendars – 2nd method – bulk So, all you have to do is create a text file, change its extension to *.hol, name it with something that makes sense (e.g. 2019 Contoso Holidays.hol), put a text content similar to my example below: [Contoso Holidays] 3 New Year, 2019/01/01 Contoso Birthday, 2019/04/28 Planned Shutdown, 2019/12/31 where [Contoso Holidays] is a location and "3"…

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List all mail folders for a specified user to easily locate a missing folder

If you have ever seen these user requests, then this simple PowerShell script is for you: I've dragged my mail folder and now I cannot find it anymore; I've clicked on something, and now the folder is gone; I haven't done anything, but that folder was here yesterday. These types of requests are not an issue if you are dealing with a user who has several folders in addition to the standard ones. However, it's not that uncommon for a user to have a hundred of them or even more. This is when manually searching for a lost folder turns into something big. What this PowerShell script does, it shows all mailbox folders for a specified user and the path each one of those folders has. The result is shown in a Grid View that allows you to sort and search/filter. So simply search for a name your user told…

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List all Corporate Contacts and Distribution Lists they belong to

There are times when your company needs to keep a list of Corporate Contacts that are used by your own users on a daily basis. You can find them in Microsoft 365 Admin Center - Users - Contacts or Exchange Admin Center - Recipients - Contacts. It gets more complicated when those contacts are added to several Distribution Lists, more so when they are mixed with your users. The issue is that unlike working with Internal Users, you cannot open a contact and see which groups it belongs to. This is where PowerShell comes handy. The script below finds every single contact and all groups it belongs to (if any). To show the result I use a Grid View (Out-GridView) because it provides an easy column sorting and filtering. This script might help to find a user error if some contact should or should not be in a group. Side…

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