March O365 UK user group presentation

Here is the presentation I delivered to the Office 365 UK user group on 13 March 2014.

Check it out in PowerPoint Online

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Lenovo track pad gestures driving you crazy on Windows 8?

Lenovo recently updated their track pad drivers to recognise touch gestures in Windows 8. This means that you will notice that you can swipe in from the left edge to switch applications and swipe in from the right edge to bring up the charms bar.

At first this seems cool but when you try and use the machine for real work this causes some issues… trust me I saw the funny (and distracting) side-effects in a workshop today!

In my opinion it’s much more efficient and accurate to spend some time learning the hotkeys for operating the “touch functions” of Windows 8.

So here is how you can disable these new “features”:

  1. From the Windows 8 start screen
  2. Hit “Windows Key + W”
  3. Type “mouse”
  4. Choose “Change mouse settings”

  1. Click “Settings” in the TouchPad section of the UltraNav tab

  1. Expand the “Application Gestures” node on the left to turn off the undesired gestures.

XMind VS Java

After installing an update to Java this morning XMind wouldn’t start and gave me the following message:

“A Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or Java Development Kit (JDK) must be available in order to run XMind. No Java virtual machine was found after searching the following locations…”

First thing is to check your version of Java by hitting WINDOWS KEY + W (Windows 8) or WINDOWS KEY (Windows 7) and typing “Java”:

Turns out that Java updated to version 7 which changed the folder path from “jre6” to “jre7” which means that XMind can no longer find the Java RTE.

Luckily the path to Java is stored in the xmind.ini file that lives in the XMind installation folder and updating the file as follows fixes the problem.

Happy mind mapping!

SharePoint Admin Page Shortcuts

Just a quick post with some handy SharePoint admin page shortcuts:

Page

URL

Create site

/_layouts/newsbweb.aspx

List templates

/_catalogs/lt/Forms/AllItems.aspx

Master page

/_Layouts/ChangeSiteMasterPage.aspx

Navigation

/_layouts/AreaNavigationSettings.aspx

New site content type

/_layouts/ctypenew.aspx

Page layouts and site templates

/_Layouts/AreaTemplateSettings.aspx

Recycle bin

/_layouts/RecycleBin.aspx

Reset to site definition

/_layouts/reghost.aspx

Searchable columns

/_Layouts/NoCrawlSettings.aspx

Site collection recycle bin

/_layouts/AdminRecycleBin.aspx

Site columns

/_layouts/mngfield.aspx

Site content types

/_layouts/mngctype.aspx

Site settings

/_layouts/settings.aspx

Site templates

/_catalogs/wt/Forms/Common.aspx

Site themes

/_layouts/themeweb.aspx

Site usage report

/_layouts/usageDetails.aspx

Title, description and icon

/_layouts/prjsetng.aspx

Tree view

/_layouts/navoptions.aspx

Web parts

/_catalogs/wp/Forms/AllItems.aspx

Web parts maintenance

/default.aspx/?contents=1

Welcome page

/_Layouts/AreaWelcomePage.aspx

Workflows

/_layouts/wrkmng.aspx