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Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Cincinnati this Saturday | Oct 27, 2018

Follow @spscincinnati I’ll be speaking this Saturday at SPS Cinci (#SPSCinci2018). I’ll be presenting my brand new, magical session on content management, archiving and retention for the third time this year. Don’t miss it! SharePoint wizardry for content management, archiving & retention Are your muggles muddying up your servers and site storage with duplicate files,…

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Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Baltimore this Saturday | Oct 20, 2018

Follow @baltsharepoint I’ll be speaking this Saturday at SPS Baltimore (#SPSBMORE). I’ll be presenting my brand new, magical session on content management, archiving and retention for the second time this year. Don’t miss it! SharePoint wizardry for content management, archiving & retention Are your muggles muddying up your servers and site storage with duplicate files,…

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Kansas City this Saturday | Oct 13, 2018

Follow @SPSKC1 My local SharePoint Saturday, SPS Kansas City, is coming up THIS WEEKEND (#SPSKC). I’ll be speaking about one of my favorite topics – building a modern intranet: Building the Intranet of the Future: Using SharePoint to Empower Collaboration Automation, organization, incredible search capabilities and user interactivity; all things your organization can have in…

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Denver this Saturday | Oct 6, 2018

Follow @SPSColo I’ll be speaking this Saturday at SPS Denver (aka SPS Colorado) (#SPSColo). I’ll be presenting a brand new, magical session on content management, archiving and retention: SharePoint wizardry for content management, archiving & retention Are your muggles muddying up your servers and site storage with duplicate files, pictures from a 2008 staff party…

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Pittsburgh this Saturday | Sep 15, 2018

Follow @SPSburgh The 3rd annual SharePoint Saturday Pittsburgh (#SPSBurgh) is coming up this Saturday. I’ll be speaking about one of my favorite topics – building a modern intranet: Building the Intranet of the Future: Using SharePoint to Empower Collaboration Automation, organization, incredible search capabilities and user interactivity; all things your organization can have in choosing…

The ABCs of SharePoint: 26 ways SharePoint can enhance your digital workplace

Now a book! Based on his 100th blog post, Nate Chamberlain presents “The ABCs of SharePoint: 26 ways SharePoint can enhance your digital workplace”. Can you think of something in SharePoint for every letter of the alphabet? This book will help you fill the gaps teach you more about things you could implement in your…

A better way to display “today’s events” from multiple calendars in SharePoint on your intranet home page

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Below on the left are two traditional, out-of-the-box solutions for showing Today’s events in SharePoint. Notice how both take up a lot of extra space repeating today’s date (which we don’t need to see at all in a web part called “Today’s Events”) or showing gray space where there are no events. Soak that in – prime real estate on your home page goes to non-existent events. These also may require overlays and other manual labor processes that need adjusted every time a calendar is added or removed.

But on the right is what you could have. It uses search instead and displays events from all calendars a user has access to in one place. It shows only the necessary information on the home page and links to full details. And with a little CSS included in this post, it can look polished and themed. Imagine all you could do with that saved space on your home page…

Also seen above: Adding local weather to your SharePoint intranet home page
and a “this week’s menu” button for your intranet

Embed quizzes and/or results in SharePoint using Microsoft Forms

Asset 1quiz.pngThis morning I looked around for either pure javascript or custom service solutions for trivia or quiz embeds for SharePoint. The out-of-the-box survey web part wouldn’t allow the kind of features I needed such as showing a message upon submission about correct and incorrect answers, and I wanted something more robust than a newsfeed or Yammer quiz. I also wanted users to easily be able to change their own quiz questions and answers and no high-maintenance code solution was going to cut it.

What I learned? There aren’t a lot of free solutions out there for quick quiz creation and embedding in SharePoint. And the ones that are out there don’t look the greatest. Then I remembered Microsoft Forms has a quiz function! Don’t these look great? Even better – you can embed in SharePoint Server/On-Prem or SharePoint Online/O365!

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Microsoft Form’s quiz capabilities are incredible. In five minutes you can create a quiz that looks good, is easy to update and has features ordinarily only available with a premium subscription through other services. And as seen above, you can embed the results as well, making voting fun or showing a group how everyone is performing as a whole on a topic quiz. Here are some of the great features you get with Microsoft Forms: