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Making document storage in Sharepoint a breeze (leave the Web UI behind)

December 5th, 2012 1 comment

Hey everyone, I know many of us regularly use Sharepoint for document storage in order to make documents available to several people, have it version controlled, etc.  Doing this through the Web UI can be a real headache, especially when you have multiple documents you want to modify or upload, or when IE isn’t your default browser.  Luckily we can access the Sharepoint library like a regular network drive if we like.

Open Sharepoint in Internet Explorer (other browsers don’t support the Open with Explorer functionality), navigate to wherever your documents are stored, choose the Library tab, and then click Open with Explorer.

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This will open the document storage in Explorer and you can interact with the documents just like they were on any other network drive J  This makes uploading large numbers of documents or directory structures super easy (a simple copy-paste), and modifying your files nice and easy.

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As an added bonus, you can drag and drop that location from the address bar in Explorer to the Favorites menu so that it’s always easily accessible and you can leave the Sharepoint Web UI behind completely for modifying your documents.  Just click on the new favorite to go straight to your documents.

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You can even map this folder location as a network drive if you want to have it show up as another drive (e.g N: drive).

I hope you found this as useful as I did Smile

Have Windows Automatically Login Without Entering Your Password

December 4th, 2012 No comments

If you are like me and don’t want to have to enter your password each time Windows loads, you can have Windows start up without prompting you to enter a user name or password.  The simple (and BAD) way to do this is to simply not have a password on your user account, but that’s a big security risk and will allow people to easily remote desktop into your computer.

So, first set a password on your windows account if you don’t already have one.  Then select Run… from the start menu (or use Windows Key + R to open the Run window) and type control userpasswords2, which will open the user accounts application.

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On the Users tab, clear the box for Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer, and click on OK. An Automatically Log On dialog box will appear; enter the user name and password for the account you want to use to automatically log into Windows.  That’s it. 

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You may also want to make sure your screen saver is not set to prompt you for a password when it exits either.

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Now your computer is secure without getting in your way. Smile

 

A word of caution about this: ANYBODY will be able to get into your computer.  This is probably fine for your home desktop PCs, but you may want to think about enabling this on your laptop, especially if you regularly take it out and about and it has sensitive information on it (ID, credit card info, saved usernames/passwords in your web browser).  If you weren’t using a password before anyways though, using this trick is still more secure than without it Winking smile

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