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26 January 2008

Email Alerts not working for SharePoint users not belonging to the domain of the SharePoint server

Recently I ran into following problem: e-mail alerts were not delivered to SharePoint users which were not belonging to the domain of the SharePoint server. The installation was consisting of a web application with windows authentication. This web application was extended with one with forms based authentication. Users logging in to the first web application (with Windows authentication) received perfectly their alerts. Users logging in to the second web application (with forms based authentication) didn't receive any alerts, nor did they receive the notification when they had set up a new alert.

Looking in the log files on the SharePoint server, I found following error:
#160009: The e-mail address '' is unknown.

The domain mentioned in the error was off course another domain than the domain of the users logging in through Windows authentication, as the second web application was created to allow access for external (it is, not belonging to the company) users.

We fixed this by adding the IP address of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 into the Allowed Relays in Exchange.

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by Patrik Luca 12 comments

22 January 2008

How to display the csv icon in a SharePoint document library

After uploading a .csv file, the icon displayed for it in a document library is just a little white page. If you want to show the Microsoft Excel .csv icon for such a file, execute the following steps:

  1. Open the 12 hive.


  3. Open the DOCICON.XML file with an editor such as Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2007.

  4. Add following line:
    <Mapping Key="csv" Value="CSV16.GIF" EditText="Microsoft Office Excel" OpenControl="SharePoint.OpenDocuments" />

  5. Execute an iisreset

You could do the same to display an icon for pdf documents. The only difference is that you should first upload yourself a .jpg or .gif file as it is not yet present after installing SharePoint. Upload the file in the 12\TEMPLATE\IMAGES hive and execute the steps described above.

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20 January 2008

How to set default values based on a query string and make those fields uneditable



I found an interesting post of Rob Howard: Using Javascript to Manipulate a List Form Field. It describes how you can set default values based on the query string.
I started playing around a bit with it and elaborated a case more in detail.

Business Scenario

I have a list with items, which can be ordered. Each item has a price and belongs to a category.
Next to each item, I want a hyperlink: clicking on it will open a window where the end-user can give in the quantity the user wants to order for that item. I want to pass to that window the title, the category and the price of the item. As such, these fields are available for searching, sorting and so on in the transaction list. Off course, I want to avoid that the end-user has to give in again the price and the category of the item. Moreover, the end-user shouldn't be able to manipulate these fields.

Custom list with items
  • Title column
  • Category column (choice)
  • Price column (currency)

Custom list with transactions
  • Title column
  • Category column (choice)
  • Price column (currency)
  • Quantity column (number)

Solution: Use some Javascript

  1. Open the AllItems.aspx page in Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007.
  2. Right-click on the ListViewWebPart and choose Convert to XSLT Data View.

  3. Right-click the last column and choose Insert -> Column to the Right

  4. Right-click in a cell of the newly added column and choose Hyperlink.

  5. Enter the text you want to set as hyperlink in the Text to display and enter the address to the NewForm.aspx page of your transactions list. Additionally add the parameters you want to pass. In my case, it results in an address of: ../Transactions/NewForm.aspx?Title={@Title}&Category={@Category}&Price={@Price}. Hereby is the part to the left of the = free to choose, the part to the right of the = is the name of your column within {@}.

  6. Re-open the Items list: there will be a hyperlink available on each line. Clicking on it will redirect you to the NewForm.aspx page of the transaction list, and you pass to it some parameters through the querystring.

So far, so good. Now we still need to fill out the values based on the values in the querystring, and set the fields uneditable.

  1. Open the NewForm.aspx page of the transactions list in Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007.
  2. Add following code right after the opening PlaceHolderMain tag within Javascript script tags:
    function fillDefaultValues(){
    var args=qs.split("&");
    var vals=new Object();
    for (var i=0; i<args.length;i++){
    var nameVal=args[i].split("=");
    var temp=unescape(nameVal[1]).split('+');
    var title=vals["Title"];
    var theSelect=getTagFromIdentifierAndTitle("select","Lookup","Title");
    var theInput=getTagFromIdentifierAndTitle("input","","Title");
    var price=vals["Price"];
    var theSelect=getTagFromIdentifierAndTitle("select","Lookup","Price");
    var theInput=getTagFromIdentifierAndTitle("input","","Price");
    var category=vals["Category"];
    var theSelect=getTagFromIdentifierAndTitle("select","DropDownChoice","Category");
    var theInput=getTagFromIdentifierAndTitle("input","","Category");
    else {
    function setSelectedOption(select,value){
    var opts=select.options;
    var l=opts.length;
    for(var i=0; i<l; i++){
    return true;
    function getTagFromIdentifierAndTitle(tagName,identifier,title){
    var len=identifier.length;
    var tags=document.getElementsByTagName(tagName);
    for(var i=0;i<tags.length;i++){
    var tempString=tags[i].id;
    if(tags[i].title==title && (identifier=="" ||
    tempString.indexOf(identifier)==tempString.length - len)){
    return tags[i];
    return null;
    function freezeValue(tag){
    var chosen=tag.options.selectedIndex;

  3. Reclick the Order hyperlink on the Items list: your values will be filled in automatically on the transactions NewForm.aspx page and they will be uneditable by the end-user.

Some extra explanation:

For the functions fillDefaultValues, setSelectedOption and getTagFromIdentifierAndTitle: see Using Javascript to Manipulate a List Form Field.

Text fields can be set uneditable by using following code: document.getElementById().readOnly=true.

Choice (drop-down fields) cannot be set uneditable. To solve this, I created the function freezeValue.

This function resets each time an end-user clicks the drop-down box to its initial value: as such the end-user won't be able to post the form with another value than the one filled in by default by the values of the querystring.

To make it somewhat more userfriendly, I used a class of the SharePoint default css files: as such the drop-down box is grayed out, making it already somewhat clearer for the end-user that touching it makes no sense.

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by Patrik Luca 72 comments

01 January 2008


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