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March 2009

Don't do that with SharePoint

We've all had flashbacks to our childhood when our mothers told us, "Don't do that, or you'll regret it." But then we went ahead and did it anyway, right? As children, we just didn't have the wisdom or foresight to trust that advice. Now that we're older and wiser, we can take those words to heart. Here are five "don't do that" tips for SharePoint that can save you hours of unnecessary re-work down the road. Not interested in following this advice? That's your decision, but don't say I didn't warn you. NUMBER 1: Don't change the title on the core item content type. SharePoint has a Title column on every custom list (FIGURE 1), and it's used throughout the environment. If you rename the Title to something like "organization," you will have the undesired consequence of changing it in more places than you had planned. FIGURE 1 (click to enlarge) The problem will show itself very quickly—you'll probably receive phone calls from confused end users within the hour. It is difficult to fix and cannot be done out of the box. Share- Point...

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