All posts in SharePoint 2016

Another Cause of a SharePoint Workflow Stuck at Starting or Started

There are already a ton of posts out there where a SharePoint 2013 workflow becomes stuck at started or starting.  Well I have another one.  This problem actually originated in a SharePoint 2013 farm.  If you are using SharePoint Online, the cause is actually pretty easy to determine.  So for those of you not lucky enough to be working with SharePoint Online, I will go through the symptoms you could come across and a possible resolution.

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SharePoint People Picker Error – Item cannot be more than 256 characters.

Had a colleague ask me the other day if there was a limit on the People Picker control in SharePoint.  Reason being is that she had a Person field setup to accept multiple users and had a group that was constantly getting the error “Item cannot be more than 256 characters” when trying to enter the users.  After a bit more digging, found out they were using a list of about 20 people or so and then just pasting them into the people picker box.  They had everything correct with semicolon separators and everything, but kept getting that error.

SharePoint People Picker Error - Item cannot be more than 256 characters.

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SharePoint Best Practices – Lists and Libraries

These days it is really easy to create lists and libraries to store data and documents.  It is also very easy to build metadata to support the information you are trying to store.  However, as I have stated before it is also very easy to set things up incorrectly.  This next post in my Power User Best Practices is going to cover what you should and shouldn’t do with a SharePoint List and Library.

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SharePoint Best Practices – Content Types

The other day I decided to start a power user best practice series.  I started with site columns and now the next logical step is content types.  I have found that many times experienced users don’t realise the importance of a properly setup content type.  Because of this, they often are recreating the same data, having to redo the content types  and in some cases blow them away and start over (both of which are a real pain if the CT is already being used).  The intent of this post is to cover the best ways to create your content types.

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SharePoint Best Practices – Site Columns

So today I am starting a new series on SharePoint Best Practices.  This may seem like a fairly simple topic but, I have come to learn that it is an important one.  I am not talking about best practices in setting up and configuring SharePoint or how to best develop a solution in SharePoint.  I am instead wanting to discuss best practices in your day to day usage of SharePoint.  Too many times I have worked with experienced clients that have a decent knowledge of how to do things in SharePoint, but don’t think of the little things that make these best practices.  This is where this series is coming from.  Today I am going to cover site columns.

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