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Current SharePoint Navigation tab does not get highlighted

Posted in Sharepoint by Abhishek Bhowmick on June 26, 2010

You set up your Top Link Bar or Global Navigation for your SharePoint site with multiple links both internal and external and when being accessed the current Navigation tab does not get highlighted.

We create a New Link in your Top Link Bar. (For publishing feature enabled sites, it would mean Global Navigation)

We enter the absolute URL of the link something like http://<web-application-name>/sites/<site-collection-name>/<subsite>/default.aspx

(refer screenshot with an example)

When you access the link you still have the highlight on Parent tab and not the current/destination tab.


Now modify the URL in the Top Link Bar and remove the <web-application-name> and keep it as something like /sites/<site-collection-name>/<subsite>/default.aspx

(refer screenshot with an example)

Now when accessing the links the current tab highlights correctly.


Disable Warning Popup of NonSecure Items on Internet Explorer

Posted in Windows by Abhishek Bhowmick on June 26, 2010

You receive a warning message that either says “This page contains both secure and nonsecure items. Do you want to display the nonsecure items?” or “Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely? This webpage contains content that will not be delivered using a secure HTTPS connection, which could compromise the security of the entire webpage.” Both of this message is actually the same except from different versions of Internet Explorer.

You get this warning when you visit a secured website that is protected with SSL and you will find a HTTPS at the beginning of the URL. This happens due to images in the secured webpage that are linked to non secured HTTP protocol sites.

You can click Yes to continue loading the secured webpage but this selection is not saved and if you encounter such situation again, you will again be prompted about the mixed-content pages which may be annoying. If you want to permanently disable and suppress this error prompt, open Internet explorer > go to Tools > Internet Options > Security tab > make sure Internet zone is selected and click Custom level. Look for “Display mixed content” and select it to Enable. This should disable the prompt.

“Internet Explorer was not able to open this Internet site” – Unable to open files directly using the link in SharePoint site

Posted in Sharepoint by Abhishek Bhowmick on June 26, 2010

You are unable to open Office documents or download any file from the SharePoint site using a link to it in an email or using the direct link in a browser.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on Tools, Click on Internet Options
  3. On the General tab under Temporary Internet Files, click on Delete Files
  4. Click Ok when it asks if you want to delete the files
  5. Under the History section on the General tab, click Clear History, then click Ok
  6. Close Internet Explorer
  7. Log off the current user and Log onto another user account such as Administrator
  8. Click on Start, Run
  9. Type CMD and Press Enter to open a command prompt
  10. Change directories to the Temporary Internet Files directory by typing the following command, substituting the correct drive letter and the word username with your SOEID.

    cd drive:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

    Example: cd c:\Documents and Settings\Mark\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

    type del index.dat and press Enter (Do not worry if this errors out or fails – it simply means that the file does not exist at that location which is perfectly fine.)

  11. Type Exit and press Enter to close the command prompt.

Also make the following changes:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on Tools, Click on Internet Options
  3. Select the Advanced tab
  4. Scroll to the Security section all the way to the bottom.
  5. Clear the check on the “Do not save encrypted pages to disk



  6. Apply changes and close all Internet Explorer windows.
  7. Restart your computer
  8. Once the computer has been restarted, open a web page with a link to a download. Click on the link and try to download the file. It should now work.

Adding hyperlinks to SharePoint document libraries

Posted in Sharepoint by Abhishek Bhowmick on June 26, 2010

Sometimes you would like to include external content that you would like to make available from your document library without uploading a file like a hyperlink to it.

Follow these steps:

  1. Display your library (Example: Shared Documents)
  2. Click Settings and Library Settings
  3. Click Advanced Settings
  4. Check “Allow management of content types” and then Ok.
  5. In the Settings page scroll down to Content Types and click “Add from existing site content types
  6. Select “Link to a Document“, click Add and then Click Ok.
  7. Go back to your library and click the New dropdown and select “Link to a Document
  8. Enter a display name (Document Name) and the URL (must start with http://) and click Ok.

You should now have a hyperlink in your document library. However, it does not support a link to a network share such as “\\myfileserver\folder1\somedoc.doc”.

Unexpected error using datasheet view for SharePoint Lists

Posted in Sharepoint by Abhishek Bhowmick on June 26, 2010

You get an error – An unexpected error has occurred when you try to edit a list in datasheet view.

This occurs as a result of sorting and grouping of the list view using the same column name at the same time creating an ambiguity for datasheet to display in a tabular format.

To fix this we will need to modify the list view and either Sort or Group By using that column name.

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