Tag Archives: sp2013

SP2013 disables org chart viewer.. but only on YOUR profile page

1 Jul

Put this in the strange but true category.

We received a defect report from a client doing a 2013 migration stating that the org chart viewer wasn’t working. Gave us a link to the page where it wasn’t working. Of course we went to verify the defect, but when we looked the org chart viewer was there.

Thought that was closed, but they insisted it wasn’t there. So assuming it was some sort of training issue, we went to show them where the viewer was and how to get to it. But when we went to see the same page on thier machine.. no Org chart. what?

So we went to a few other peoples profile pages. All of them worked. Just not theirs. Was this some wierd cache issue? Had they customized their page in a way that broke this?

Well with this new information, we went back to look at our own profile page. And turns out when anyone looks at their own profile, they cannot see the org chart viewer. So thinking this must be a bug, we went to go find a bug report from someone else, and hopefully find a fix or work around.

This was the post we found: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/chandru/archive/2013/04/01/sp15-organization-chart-in-mysites.aspx

Granted the date on the post is April Fool’s day, which always makes me suspicious. But concerns aside, it basically indicates, “yeah it does that because we thought turning it off was better than making it perform better”. And we did find another post not on April Fool’s Day, that matches the comments, and even links to that post. (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/sharepoint/en-US/71046c9d-b7f6-4cff-81dd-5edf67bd9e11/sharepoint-2013-issue-with-org-chart-not-visible)

So there you have it, by design, and if you want it, custom event reciever and feature stapling to fix it. (unless I assume you are in office 365, then you are out of luck)


Careful when you import that design manager package (part 2)

10 May

After my last post we started looking for more possible content type corruption introduced by Design Manager Export/import process.

it appears to impact other content type besides just “page”. we are seeing corruption in “article page” and “welcome page” as well.

article page is missing:

  • Page content, Summary Links, Byline, Article Date, Image Caption

Welcome page is missing:

  • Page content, Summary Links, Summary Links 2

working on documenting all the content types that are not being exported fully.

Careful when you import that design manager package

8 May

Looking through some issues we were seeing with roll up images not appearing after you check-in and publish a page, and some ULS log message about a column not being defined, it appears that the process of exporting and importing a Design Manger package will corrupt some out of the content types, specifically for pages.


So there is your hot tip for the day.

This is only like one of 4 things for today :/

Want to remove “recent” links from the Left Nav in SharePoint 2013? Good luck with that

2 May

I am working with a new SP2013 install and was noticing the new “recent” link that kept showing up on the left. I had gone through the navigation and deleted it manually,

But it kept showing up.

The implementation is for a pretty tightly managed intranet, so that was not going to work. I was assuming there was a place I could just turn it off. I wasn’t worried about that, but I thought I would do a quick search for how to fix that.

turns out, it is not as straight forward as I would expect. I found this note for this new feature.


The Recent-section gets added automatically through a WebControl on the page. To automatically remove the who section (including child navigation nodes of Recent) you could enable a custom feature, that simply does a .Delete() against the corresponding navigation node in SPWeb.Navigation.QuickLaunch navigation collection. Then just call your custom feature from your provisioning logic, and way Recent -section would always be removed upon provisioning a new site. Alternatively you could use some CSS-styling but that wouldn’t really remove it, but just hide.