Sharepoint Bulk approval of items

If you have activated the content approval or even work with an approval workflow to approve items in your list or library you might have recognized that a bulk approval/rejection of items/documents is not possible. This blogpost shows how to create a possibility to bulk approve items/documents.

Therefore custom ribbon buttons are provided which call an application page (one per action, reject, approve, publish). The application page gets the selected items via query string parameter. The processing is done in the application pages, after the page closes the lists are refreshed.

Versioned Comments in SharePoint 2010 lists and libraries

In daily business use it is often required to have comments on your list item or document in a SharePoint 2010 list or library. Before you start: It is recommended to plan this. SharePoint 2010 allows you to configure comments on list items or documents, but you have to do some (ootb) configuration.

Newsletter layout does not support connected web part

Did you know that newsletter layout does not support connected filters in SharePoint 2010. That means that connected filters from a list or library web part does not update the connected web part when the connected web part has configured the newsletter view. What a pitty …

SharePoint 2013 claims a re-thinking of its design approach

Since Microsoft has turned their product strategy with a clear focus on mobile devices also the SharePoint world has been strongly affected. From the beginning of SharePoint server side code was the main approach to solve business needs. With the change of the Microsoft strategy also this common idea became questionable: Client side solutions were strengthened, REST, JavaScript or Web Standards are some of the often heard key words. What are the most interesting changes and new ideas in the “new” UI SharePoint world?

WordPress updates

I really appreciate wordpress for several reasons: Basically I have worked in different projects with the tool, both website and blog focused. In my opinion wordpress is one of the very best examples how open source software can be developed and provided to users.

Dynamic approvers in Sharepoint 2010 approval workflow

I wrote two posts on the issue of having dynamic approvers in Shaerepoint 2010 approval workflow. The requirements are that the approvers have to be managed in a seperate list and the workflow has to be connected to a specific contet type.

Consumerization of IT – bulky?

No, consumerization of IT of course is not bulky. It helps us getting around easier with business IT. But the term is. People do not how to handle this term – especially IT beginners have difficulties to understand. Any ideas to rename? Read more on this issue under

Update: Citizen Card on Mac

Concerning my latest post on this topic I have to do some update: The current update (Java 7-Update) fixed the issue. I am now able to use the Citizen Card again on my Mac. Great.

Bürgerkarte on Mac OS X 10.7 not working, Hack

here is the hack to get the citizen card working with OSX:,316_offset,10#1812 Problem ocurring on Java 1.7 and Mountain Lion. This is really a hack and uncomfortable for IT enduser. You feel like back in the stone ages hacking around to get things working. Poor that they do not get the citizen card working […]

Sharepoint 2013 new design model

SharePoint 2013 offers a whole new set of design opportunities to designers and developers. The basis for this wohle system is the well known masterpage. The masterpage is now beeing extended by the possibility to import own developed design frameworks (called design files), usually simple sets of html-files with images and CSS. These design files […]

Critical view on social media, modern communication and effects on enterprise 2.0

I can strongly recommend the critical view on social media, modern communication and effects on enterprise 2.0 by Sean McGuire, a colleague of mine. Nice conclusion, I fully support the majority of the arguments – keeping on discussing face to face;) The full blog post can be found here

Xing Connector for Outlook 2013

No good news for MS Outlook 2013 users: I did a short internet research on this topic, with a negative result. Either way it is possible to use the 2010 plugin of Xing, useing an external connector or programming your own one;). Due to my opinion none of the options are acceptable. Does anybody know if Xing will develop a new connector for Outlook 2013?

Security Token Service is unavailable

Having problems with the Security Token Service on Sp 2013 when activating I found a resolution for successful reactivation of the service:

iPad Camera Connection Kit fails

If you plug in a SD card into your apple camera connection kit bare in mind that the ipad all pictures have to be in the folder DCIM. If this folder does not exist the ipad won`t start the foto app.

10 useful tips and tricks for the IIS rewrite module

10 useful tips and tricks for the IIS rewrite module:

Remove generator tag in Joomla!

To remove the generator tag in the head of your Joomla!-driven site put the following code between <?php and ?>: $this->setGenerator(null);

SharePoint Search Crawl Errors

Common errors for sharepoint search can be found here: My favourite: individual login page;)

WordPress: how to add all categories query to your theme

to solve this visit this page: With the function get_categories you can view a list of categories of your blog.

New here

New here? Just on redesigning my weblog. The homepage is ready until now the archive pages, single page and search page will be published soon too!

Office 365, Lync Settings for Mac

A short guide for the correct Lync/Office 365 for Mac Users can be found here:

Howto set up a custom error page for SharePoint 2010

A detailed guide can be found here: Be aware that they have mistypped the SharePoint cmd, instead use: Set-SPCustomLayoutsPage -Identity Error -RelativePath “/_layouts/CustomError/error.aspx” -WebApplication <webappURL>

JComments in PhocaDownload Component

Here is the solution to enable JComments for PhocaDownload in Joomla! 2.5:

Open Source CMS auf dem Windows Webserver

Eine sehr gute und einfache Möglichkeit Open Source Systeme auf dem Windows Server einzurichten bietet der Microsoft Webplatform Installer. Damit können ganz einfach .NET aber auch .PHP Anwendungen auf einem Windows Server installiert werden. Hierzu muss der Microsoft Webplatform Installer heruntergeladen und konfiguriert werden. Danach können mit dem Werkzeug so genannte Web Apps installiert werden. […]

Decompile *.dll

Telerik is a nice freeware tool for *.dll/.NET decompiling. Just visit, register once and download …

The Taxonomyfeature (Feature-ID „73EF14B1-13A9-416b-A9B5-ECECA2B0604C“) was not activated

Activate the feature via the Powershell Enable-SPFeature -id 73EF14B1-13A9-416b-A9B5-ECECA2B0604C -URL http://farmurl:port/ Details:

SharePoint 2010: Workflow BCC Field

The Default view of the e-mail template in SharePoint 2010 does not allows BCC fields. It is possible to add BCC fields for e-mails in your workflow. To activate this you have to fall back on a short trick: Insert your planned BCC recepient into the CC field of the e-mail. In SharePoint Designer navigate to the folder that holds the newly created workflow files (usaually it is stored under /sitename/workflows > navigate to “All files” then “Workflows). Open the XOML file of the workflow with Notepad (use right-click). Then search for the CC and BCC field and change CC with BCC (you will find them in the :EmailActivity node). Save the file, reopen the workflow, doublecheck the empty CC field, republish, thats it!

New Macbook Pros

Faster processor, larger harddisk and in some configurations better gfx … no “new” icon on apple website – has that update really happend?

List of useful Sharepoint Tools

Waldek Mastykarz provides a list of useful (and free) SharePoint Tools, for both 2010 and 2007. URL:

WP Admin Interface

etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig das aktuelle WordPress-Administrationsinterface …

Apple-Updates: OS X Lion, Macbook Air, Mini

Apple updates its operating system (OS X “Lion”), Macbook Air, Mac Mini and Displays. New GUI for OS X,  Air, Minis and Displays with Thunderbolt – when will the MacBook Pros be available with OS X Lion?

Joomla! 1.7 Released

… has been released and can be downloaded and/or upgraded… #

Error installing Phoca Gallery 3 under Joomla! 1.6.5

On installing Phoca Gallery 3 under Joomla! 1.6.5 the following error occurred: JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder and JInstaller: :Install: Cannot find Joomla XML setup file To get the component working install it manually: 1. Extract the .ZIP loacal 2. Open install.bak.sql and execute the skript in your phpmyadmin 3. copy all files […]

Thomas Tropper

Thomas Tropper


IT- and Soical Media Consultant, Web-Developer, SharePoint Consultant and Development.

After finishing my Public Management studies in 2006 beginning to work as IT consultant in the field of public sector consultancy. Back then project in the role of project supervisor - also responsible for the implementation of SharePoint based collaboration and social media projects.