SharePoint CSS: Moving webparts

This issue has been bugging me for months. On several sites that I’ve branded, I’ve add a DOCTYPE to the masterpage that indicates to the browser to render the pages in standards mode. An unfortunate side effect of this occurs when you try to move webparts on a page: the little bar that pops up that you drag to a new webpart zone is way off. Like 200px off. Fortunately, I found a solution from this website. (which actually deals with a different issue, but it works for this too)

Just put this code in your masterpage or external .js file. Make sure the code or link reference is the last thing in the tag.

function MSOLayout_GetRealOffset(StartingObject, OffsetType, EndParent)
	var realValue=0;
	if (!EndParent) EndParent=document.body;
	for (var currentObject=StartingObject; currentObject && currentObject !=EndParent
         && currentObject != document.body; currentObject=currentObject.offsetParent)
		var offset = eval('currentObject.offset'+OffsetType);
		if (offset) realValue+=offset;
	return realValue;

Virtual PC: Tab/Escape not working

Today, all of the sudden the tab and escape keys stopped working in Virtual PC.  Had never happened before.  I reinstalled VM Additions, restarted the VM, nothing worked.  I then found the solution in a form post:

If you are running into this issue on Vista and Windows 7 you can get the TAB key back by creating a software allow policy. Go to administrative tools, local security policy, Software Restriction Policies, Additional Rules. Create a new rule for %appdata%microsoftvritual pcvpckeyboard.dll and set it to Unrestricted. Restart Virtual PC.   If the variable doesn’t work, try using an explicit path i.e. c:usersusernameappdataroamingmicrosoftvirtualpcvpckeyboard.dll”

Did that and it started working.  Note in the post that this applies to Vista and Windows 7 only.  I’m running Windows 7 x64.

SharePoint Top Nav Dividers

In a client project I’m working on, the design calls for dividers in between each navigation link. No problem. Here’s the CSS:

.ms-topnav a
	border-left-style:solid !important;
	border-left-color:#fff !important;
	border-left-width:1px !important;
	padding: 0 10px 0 10px;


However, this leaves the border on the first element of the navigation, which we don’t want. There’s no way to select that element using just CSS, so JQuery to the rescue:


	$(".ms-topNavContainer").each(function() {

        var links = $(this).find("a");

        if (links.length > 0) {
            var link = links[0];



The CSS for “navLast”:

	border-left-style:none !important;

The interesting thing here is that it has to be “a.navLast”. For some reason, “.navLast” doesn’t work. Also, you can’t use “border-left” to add the dividers. You have to use the individual styles (most likely because of the inline styles on the element).

SharePoint base css

Here’s a simple stylesheet that I’m going to start using as a basis for customizing all of my Sharepoint team sites.


/* Top Bar */

/* Header */
	background:none !important;

/* Navigation */
.ms-bannerContainer, .ms-pagemargin, .ms-navframe, .ms-leftareacell
	background:none !important;
	background-image:none !important;
.ms-topnavContainer, .ms-topnavselected, .ms-topnav {
	border: none;
	background: none;

}, {
	height: 30px;
	margin-left: 1px;
	margin-right: 1px;
.ms-topnavContainer div
	background-color:transparent !important;	
.ms-topNavFlyOuts, .ms-topNavFlyOuts a:link
	background-color:transparent !important;
/* Body */
body {
	text-align: center; 
	margin: 0px auto;
} {
    text-align: left !important;}
    background: #fff;  
    width: 1020px !important;
    height: 100%; 
    margin: 0px auto !important;	
    border-bottom:10px #7caf72 solid;
	text-align: left;
/* Gets rid of default light blue background everywhere */
.ms-pagemargin, .ms-nav, .ms-pagebottommargin, .ms-pagebottommarginleft, 
.ms-pagebottommarginright,, .ms-titlearealeft,
.ms-titlearearight, .ms-titleareaframe, .ms-pagetitleareaframe, 
.ms-pagetitleareaframe TABLE, .ms-bodyareapagemargin, .ms-bodyareaframe, 
.ms-areaseparatorright, .ms-areaseparatorleft
	background: transparent !important;
	border: none;

.ms-pagebreadcrumb a {
	background-color: transparent;

Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Boot to VHD

Found this great tutorial on creating bootable, sysprep’d VHD’s on the fly here.

I plan on trying this out later this week and posting my findings.

Big javascript post

All of this javascript goodness became useful while I was using jquery to call Sharepoint web services, specifically after I wrapped all of the functionality into a class.

1.  Context – this issue arose while using jquery’s .ajax() method as so:

            url: "../_vti_bin/lists.asmx",
            type: "POST",
            dataType: "xml",
            data: soapEnv,
            complete: this.processResult,
            contentType: "text/xml; charset="utf-8""

I kept getting an error saying it couldn’t find the processResult() function. Turns out the “this” keyword wasn’t returning the context of the class. Instead, it was returning the context of the ajax() function call. After searching the intrawebs, I came accross this article. So, by adding the code and changing “this.processResult” to “$.context(this).callback(‘processResult’)” the problem was solved.

1A. Context and Recursion – this issue occurred while using a recursive function to write out a menu with child elements. Once again, this worked fine until I put everything into a class. However, once I did that, I started getting some weird issues with my for loop. The counter would increment twice while the recursive call was made. I wasn’t able to figure this one out, so I just unrolled the function.

2. Array sorting (mostly for my benefit) – a cool way to sort an xml array in descending order:

   this.sortRows = function(a, b){
        return ($(a).attr("columnName") - $(b).attr("columnName"))

Then call the function like this:


Ensure Infopath Forms open in browser

Here’s a good way to ensure all of your Infopath Forms open in a browser, no matter where they’re linked from:

New site

A site I’ve been developing for my wife’s uncle’s business just went live:

Pretty standard site so far.  The one cool thing is it was done using Umbraco, an open-source ASP.Net CMS system.   There were a few hiccups I encountered when first getting the site setup, but it’s proven to be a very capable CMS solution.  I would absolutely consider it in the future.

Vista/Server 2008 Not Shutting Down

This is mostly for my purposes…

If you’re having trouble with Vista/Server 2008 not shutting down, try running:

fsutil resource setautoreset true C:

and then restarting your computer.  This resets the NTFS transaction logs on your C: drive which apparently can become corrupted.  As a bonus, I think it sped up start-up as well…

Configuring and Deploying Anonymous Publishing Sites for SharePoint Server 2007

Helpful article just posted:

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