Improperly setup AD account can cause issues

If you are using the people picker column in a list, watch out.  You could be faced with an odd little issue.

Recently, I created a list to control the views in an InfoPath form.  This list uses a people picker column that pulls the “UserName”.  What I noticed was that three of the users were displaying differently.  Instead of all lowercase letters, the first two letters of the username were capitalized.  As it happens, one of those users was unable to see a certain view that they had access to.

I had our AD guy change the names of the users to all lowercase letters.  I then ran a full AD import into SharePoint.  I waited a little while, pressed CTRL+F5 on my keyboard and noticed that the name changed in the permission checking list.

I logged in as the user and was now able to see the correct view.  Weird huh?

SharePoint 2007 – Enable left navigation for Web Part pages

If you have published an InfoPath form to a SharePoint site, chances are that you have created a webpart page and have published it there.
We part pages are great but you lose the left navigation and it can become confusing to some users.

There is however a simple fix that will enable the left nav for your pages. You will need to open up SharePoint Designer to do this.

  1. Open SharePoint Designer and navigate to your page
  2. Switch to code view and scroll down until approximately line 45.
  3. You see the following two lines.
  4. Highlight these two lines and delete.
  5. Save your page and that’s it!

<asp:Content ContentPlaceHolderId=”PlaceHolderLeftNavBar” runat=”server”></asp:Content>
<asp:Content ContentPlaceHolderId=”PlaceHolderNavSpacer” runat=”server”></asp:Content>
It will look similar to the image below: