Monday, September 10, 2018

An approach to search for a URL within a page or document in SharePoint


The Search Explained Yammer network is a great place to ask the weird and quirky search questions. Unfortunately it’s not indexed by Google, so answers there will not benefit everyone – which is why I’m writing this post.

A couple of days ago someone posted a question if it was possible to find pages in SharePoint which contain a specific link. The need was to identify broken links. Use-case can be if you rename a file, and want to find all pages linking to that file before renaming – to make sure they still point correctly.

This post will show you one approach which works, and if you have a better suggestion, please let me know.

Question is; how can you go about finding a page with the link as part of the content?

Monday, September 3, 2018

Puzzlepart presents the modern flexible Divider web part

Did you ever think the Divider web part for modern pages was too restrictive? Maybe you wanted to cross that divide with a wider one, maybe you wanted to separate with colors? Don’t worry – now you can!

The sharing minds of Puzzlepart hereby introduce the flexible divider web part which allows you to set both the width and the color!


Get the web part code from the link below, or contact us if you want assistance on a pre-compiled tenant wide distributed web part.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Issue when executing PowerShell scripts with characters outside of A-Z

I have a PowerShell script in which I pass a parameter to command containing the Norwegian character ø, where the command sets a value on a web page.

When checking the result, it looks like this:

Hvem gjør hva

Clearly an encoding issue. My .ps1 file was saved in UTF-8, and to make it work I changed it to UTF-8 with BOM (byte order mark). This way PowerShell can correctly detect the script as being in UTF-8 and encode the characters correct. To change encoding use for example VSCode or Notepad++.


If you have characters outside of a-z in your scripts, be sure to save them as UTF-8 with BOM to avoid any encoding issues.

Cover photo by Krisitan Strand at Unsplash

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Gotcha when adding Office UI Fabric React to SPFx

When installing a reference to Office UI Fabric React make sure to run

npm i office-ui-fabric-react@lts --save

and not

npm i office-ui-fabric-react@latest --save

Lts is the latest stable version, which currently is v5.122.1 and in this case compatible with React 15 which is what SPFx uses. The latest version is 6.57.0 which require React 16, and won’t build with SPFx.

Stable photo by Ryan Yeaman at Unsplash

Monday, August 27, 2018

Modifying terms using app-only tokens in SharePoint – undocumented work-around

Photo by Alekzan Powell at Unsplash

In a rage of fits yesterday where I was running a PowerShell script against SharePoint Online with an account using multi factor authentication – which just don’t work reliably due to the use of login via web browser I decided to use app-only authentication instead.

I used the following permission manifest which should ensure god rights, right?

<AppPermissionRequests AllowAppOnlyPolicy="true" >
  <AppPermissionRequest Scope="http://sharepoint/content/tenant" Right="FullControl" />
  <AppPermissionRequest Scope="http://sharepoint/taxonomy" Right="Write" />

But since I’m dealing with modifications to terms in this script, that quickly broke down. More rage, more fits!

Reading states:

You can't use the app-only policy with the following APIs:

  • User Profile

  • Search

  • Taxonomy (this only applies to scenarios that write to the managed metadata service)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

An even better bundle optimization method for SPFx using webpack dynamic imports

Photo by Rose Elena at Unsplash

In my last post I ventured into how you dynamically can load script resources in your SPFx web part or extension. Typically you might have parts only needed in edit mode, or parts only used in certain view scenarios. By not including everything in the SPFx bundle you will reduce loading time and page bootstrapping of your solution.

For example, if you use a lot of Office UI Fabric components or an external library like moment, then your overall bundle size, or downloaded .js file increase a lot. If those components are not always needed, loading them dynamically at will is a better solution.

And, it’s so easy! SPFx uses web pack to create the bundle, and webpack allows for something called dynamic imports. And this is such a golden nugget – sitting there without anyone knowing :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

An adventure into optimizing SharePoint Framework runtime bundle sizes


(See for an even better solution)

When I wrote the Modern Script Editor web part I went with using Office UI Fabric React (ouifr) for the editor UI. The web part bundle yields a zipped script file of 84KB when used on a page. Not that much really, and it will be cached in the browser. But most of the bundle size is due to the use of ouifr in the edit experience of the web part – not needed in view mode for a page.

Thus I’ve had a nagging feeling working on my mind for a while, and it occurred to me; why can’t I have the editor experience separate from the run-time experience?

And you can!! which I will explain how further in this post.

The result is that the updated web part now will download 4KB zipped on run-time instead of 84KB. A whopping 95% decrease. The editor experience will be another 141KB, which is more in total than before, but this only happens when you edit the page and web part – certainly a good trade off.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Highlighting which page is the welcome page in a site

A week ago Joanne Klein posted a request on twitter where she asked if it was possible to easily see which page is the home page or welcome page of a site. In a library with hundreds of pages, this can be quite useful indeed.


Technically the information about which page is the home page is stored as property on the root folder of the web (almost a mouthful there), which translates to that it’s not stored on the page it self, thus not “easily” set by adding a column.

The developer in me figured I could whip up a quick custom field renderer for the modern page library and have this working in a matter of minutes. Turns out, it’s not that easy. (A field renderer is a piece of code which shows a column value in any way you decide, instead of the default way – for example add a red background color.)

Either way, head over to if you want to download and install a solution which does highlight the home page for you. Install instructions are on that page as well.


Friday, July 27, 2018

Getting a sticky header for your modern SharePoint lists and libraries

Photo by Carson Arias on Unsplash.

If you have a list or library with many columns and items it becomes hard to navigate list when the header row scrolls out of view. Basically you are loosing context. Excel has had the ability to freeze the top header row for forever, and having this in modern lists and libraries would be extremely useful.

There is a user voice request for this at which you can upvote and maybe we will get it sooner rather than later.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Using Microsoft Graph to get a PDF preview of a file in SharePoint by file path

The viewfinder of a camera shows a photo of the sunset.
Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

There are multiple ways to get a PDF version of a file, so I figured I’d show how you via a path to a file in SharePoint can use the Microsoft Graph API to get a PDF version of that file. I’ll be using the Graph drive item conversion API for this.

A sample URL could look something like this:


After posting the question on Stack Overflow I received an answer from Vadim Gremyachev which takes it down to one API call.

Basically he clued me onto how you can create a sharing token for the item URL which is actually the file id. Code for this is listed in the Graph Sharing API docs.

First you base64 encode the URL, replace some characters and prefix with u!, then access the files via the /sharing API. The below code is using PowerShell to construct the token.

$url = ''


Armed with the token the result API call is:!aHR0cHM6Ly9jb250b3NvLnNoYXJlcG9pbnQuY29tL3NpdGVzL2FzaXRlL0Zvb0xpYi9sYWxhL0RvY3VtZW50LmRvY3g/driveItem/content?format=pdf

[Original post]

In order to get to the actual file two API calls are needed, one to fetch the drive (library) id, and one to fetch the file.

Note: This solution will not work on the root site collection as I make assumptions on the number of parts of a URL. The following file formats are supported: csv, doc, docx, odp, ods, odt, pot, potm, potx, pps, ppsx, ppsxm, ppt, pptm, pptx, rtf, xls, xlsx.

Deconstructing the file URL

Splitting the URL on slashes we get the parts needed to get the id of the document library and the id of the file.

0 https:
3 sites
4 pub
5 FooLib
6 lala
7 Document.docx

Part 2 is the tenant hostname, part 3+4 is the site path, part 5 is the document library, and part 6 and out is the item path relative to the document library.

Getting the drive id (id of document library)

Using the sample URL above we combine the sites and drives API’s in one query:


resulting in the following query where we select id and url$select=id,weburl

The output of this call are all the libraries in the site.

    "@odata.context": "$metadata#drives(id,webUrl)",
    "value": [
            "id": "b!H11aFSof8062NsPf4rr-qE3OKQpUIjVEp7PzqdeT_psgYyKuXH2VR7fGsvWPyBOt",
            "webUrl": ""
            "id": "b!H11aFSof8062NsPf4rr-qE3OKQpUIjVEp7PzqdeT_pv8T5clDnpiRZq2uVmXgGRU",
            "webUrl": ""
            "id": "b!H11aFSof8062NsPf4rr-qE3OKQpUIjVEp7PzqdeT_psUQF8PSnx9T7aXwvRalLc_",
            "webUrl": ""
            "id": "b!H11aFSof8062NsPf4rr-qE3OKQpUIjVEp7PzqdeT_pv01hj6qcWyR5wulob7Lk7-",
            "webUrl": ""
            "id": "b!H11aFSof8062NsPf4rr-qE3OKQpUIjVEp7PzqdeT_pvEaXdch-3DToEk0qR4g-xx",
            "webUrl": ""
            "id": "b!H11aFSof8062NsPf4rr-qE3OKQpUIjVEp7PzqdeT_ptwBh2OaBQOTbJMXT5jLKwi",
            "webUrl": ""
            "id": "b!H11aFSof8062NsPf4rr-qE3OKQpUIjVEp7PzqdeT_pv-q5N0D8gWSLB-0MY7_RS3",
            "webUrl": ""

Ideally you would use a $filter query to pick out just the library you want, but this is not supported for the drives endpoint, so you need to post-filter yourself.

By filtering out the item which has a webUrl  matching part 2,3 and 4 combined you have the library you are looking for.

Getting the PDF URL for the file

With the id of the document library in hand, it’s time for the next query which will return the URL of the PDF version in a 302 Location header.


Using the drive id from the previous call together with the document path I end up with the following URL!H11aFSof8062NsPf4rr-qE3OKQpUIjVEp7PzqdeT_pv8T5clDnpiRZq2uVmXgGRU/root:/FooLib/lala/Document.docx:/content?format=pdf

If you look at the Location header in the returned response you will find something similar to:….

This is a pre-authenticated URL which can be called directly from anywhere without the need to logging in, and the URL is valid for a few minutes only.