Category Archives: SharePoint 2013

Remove custom actions for SharePoint Online in CSOM/C#

Snippet of code to remove specific user actions on SharePoint online / Office 365. Handy if you decide later you don't want a script anymore. Make sure you scope it to web / site / list, in my example I was deploying the actions at site collection level and needed to remove it as it was slowing down the page load too much. 

 private static void RemoveCustomActions(ClientContext context)
            Site site = context.Site;
            context.Load(site, x => x.UserCustomActions);

            for (int i = 0; i < site.UserCustomActions.Count; i++)
                if (site.UserCustomActions[i].ScriptSrc != null && site.UserCustomActions[i].ScriptSrc.Contains("bundle.js"))


Some of the example taken from:, this post also has a JScript example. 

SharePoint Add-in Client Side check if current user is in a group

Wanted to add some client side validation for my SharePoint hosted add-in (app, addin) to check whether a user was in an HR group. If the user is in the group then the proper interface will show, otherwise a message will display. Obviously you should do server side validation on your API calls or server side code as well if it's sensitive information. I've only tested this with side loading an app, it will probably require a certain level of permissions on app install.. Will update when I get that far 🙂 

var context;
var currentUser = null;
var userGroups;
var permissionsToView = false;

$(document).ready(function () {

function getCurrentUser() {
    var context = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();
    var website = context.get_web();
    currentUser = website.get_currentUser();
    userGroups = currentUser.get_groups();
    context.executeQueryAsync(Function.createDelegate(null, onQuerySucceeded), Function.createDelegate(null, onQueryFailed));

function onQuerySucceeded(sender, args) {
    var groupsEnum = userGroups.getEnumerator();
    while (groupsEnum.moveNext()) {
        var group = groupsEnum.get_current();
        if (group.get_title() == "My Group Name") {
            permissionsToView = true;

    if (permissionsToView) {
        // yay can see!
    else {
        $('.no-permissions').show(); // show some sort of no permissions message

function onQueryFailed(sender, args) {
    $(".error").html('Request failed ' + args.get_message() + '\n' + args.get_stackTrace());


Dynamically create subscribe to alert link JavaScript SharePoint

Code for creating an alert for a list dynamically on a page. I have created the following HTML file, upload it somewhere in your site collection and link to it from a content editor web part, change the title of the list you want people to subscribe to and the message 🙂 

Note that this is sitting on a discussion site home page therefore is looking for /sitepages – if you want it to look for /pages change this, or if you want to hard code the link to a root level list for subscription change it even more 😛 


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "">
<html xmlns="">


<script type="text/javascript">
	$().ready(function () {
	    SP.SOD.executeFunc('sp.js', 'SP.ClientContext', function () { });
	    SP.SOD.executeOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded(initiateDiscussionsAlerts, "sp.js", "SP.ClientContext");

	var discussionList;
	var discussionWeb;
	function initiateDiscussionsAlerts() {
		// load web
		clientContext = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();                    
	    discussionWeb = clientContext.get_web();
	    // load discussions list and ID
	    discussionList = discussionWeb.get_lists().getByTitle("Discussions List");
		clientContext.executeQueryAsync(Function.createDelegate(this, onQuerySucceeded), Function.createDelegate(this, onQueryFailed));
	function onQuerySucceeded() {
		var webUrl = window.location.href;
		if (webUrl.toLowerCase().indexOf('/sitepages') != -1) {
			var listGuid = discussionList.get_id();
		    webUrl = webUrl.substr(0, webUrl.toLowerCase().indexOf('/sitepages'));
		    $('.discussion-alert > a').attr('href', webUrl + '/_layouts/SubNew.aspx?List=' + listGuid + '&Source=' + webUrl);
	function onQueryFailed(sender, args) {
		alert('Request failed. ' + args.get_message() + '\n' + args.get_stackTrace());

	<div class="discussion-alert"><a href="">Subscribe to Alerts for this Discussion Board</a></div>



Reporting Services SSRS in SharePoint Error ‘New Document’ requires a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible application and web browser…..

Adding SSRS content types seems to be a bit flaky.. We couldn't get the content types automatically added by activating the feature in one web application – so we manually added the content types into the site collection as specified in here ( – this post also had some other good suggestions.

So we add another web app for another purpose – again same issue with the content types not adding, so we add them manually again and get the following error when trying to create an item in the document library for "Report Data Source", "Report Builder Report" and "Report Builder Model" – 'New Document' requires a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible application and web browser. To add a document to this document library, click the "Upload Document" button."

We had added them manually correctly and obviously it was installed correctly as another web app was working..

We came across this post which worked for us!

Running rsSharePoint.msi fixed the issue. We had to delete the content types from lists and the site collection and then deactivated and reactivated the reporting services feature, the content types were there this time and we could add the proper ones into the libraries.

Tenant Administration Delete Root Site Collection and Re-Create Doesn’t Properly Delete From Recycle Bin

I came across a strange issue when re-creating the root level tenant site collection from the interface. It's like it wasn't actually deleting the site collection – the wiki page content was on my new home page and the features activated was all wrong. Here's the steps I followed in the interface to replicate the issue:

We need to remove the root level site collection

  • Navigate to the site collections screen
  • Check the root level site
  • Click Delete
  • Select “I understand that nobody can access SharePoint until I create a new site collection at”
  • Click Delete
  • Wait until the site is removed before continuing the release.

Create site collection

  • Click on create new private site collection in admin
  • Enter the following details:

    • Title: Title
    • Web Site Address: this should default to the root level site
    • Template Selection: Publishing -> Publishing Portal
    • Time Zone: (UTC + 12:00) Auckland, Wellington
    • Administrator: admin username
    • Server Resource Quote: leave at 300
    • Click OK
  • You will get a warning "Permanently delete the site collection from the recycle bin and continue."
  • Check the box and click OK

It obviously doesn't actually properly delete the site collection from the recycle bin. 

So I contacted Microsoft as this was annoying the hell outa me and I couldn't deploy my site into the test environment. They gave me the following instructions to get PowerShell to do the job, which is cool but slightly annoying as the release didn't require any installation of extra software and now it does, but in saying that I guess anyone who works with SharePoint should have this installed anyway :P. M$ didn't give any indications of fixing and ignored my comments regarding fixing the interface to work. 

SharePoint JavaScript Multi Select Choice Field – return nice format

Getting some event items from SharePoint in JavaScript? Have a multiselect choice field for caragories? Here's some handy JavaScript for cleaning out the rubbish ';#' and returning a nice comma delimited list

function cleanArray(actual){
  var newArray = new Array();
  for(var i = 0; i<actual.length; i++){
      if (actual[i]){
  return newArray;

function getEventCategory(inCategoriesString)
        var eventCateory = '';
        var eventCategories = inCategoriesString.split(';#');
        eventCategories = cleanArray(eventCategories);
        if (eventCategories.length == 1)
        	eventCateory = eventCategories[0];
        	for (i = 0; i < eventCategories.length; i++)
        		if (i == eventCategories.length - 1)
        			eventCateory += eventCategories[i];
        			eventCateory += eventCategories[i] + ', ';

        return eventCateory;


Check if user is in a group in JavaScript

Useful if you want to show/hide buttons or html/controls on a page layout or in masterpage. Details from

Link jquery 11 and spservices into your masterpage through script links or custom actions


function IsGroupMember(GroupName)
    var isGroupMember = false;
        operation: "GetGroupCollectionFromUser",
        userLoginName: $().SPServices.SPGetCurrentUser(),
        async: false,
        completefunc: function(xData, Status) {
            if($(xData.responseXML).find("Group[Name='" + GroupName + "']").length == 1)                
                isGroupMember = true;
    return isGroupMember;

Call function

Admin_Group = "Owners";
if (IsGroupMember(Admin_Group))


Create a link in JavaScript to create a new page in pages library with custom content type

The following code should go in a page layout. This is useful for landing pages where users want to be able to quickly create pages.

Replace the content type id and url information. To find out the content type id you can navigate to the create page for your content page and look at the url. Note that this only works if you are deploying your content types with the same id every time. 

var siteCollectionUrl = window.location.protocol + "//" + + _spPageContextInfo.siteServerRelativeUrl;
                var returnURL = siteCollectionUrl + "/newsandevents/Pages";
                var url = '/newsandevents/_layouts/15/CreatePage.aspx?List=Pages&ContentTypeId=0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900DBB9F5D2AD4B436592E51AF81B2B2560007821B1F1235E524B982C1512AFCF515C' + returnURL;
                $('.jsCreateUpdate').html('<a href="' + siteCollectionUrl + url + '">+ Create Update</a>');



<div class="create-update jsCreateUpdate">