Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Using office 2013 with SharePoint 2010?

You might noticed DataSheet view doesn't work.

you get a alert, something like:

The list cannot be displayed in Datasheet view for one or more of the following reasons:

- A datasheet component compatible with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation is not installed.

- Your Web browser does not support ActiveX controls.

- A component is not properly configured for 32-bit or 64-bit support.


Now, assuming you installed 32 bit office and using 32 bit IE, you might be puzzled as to why this doesn’t work.

I found that if you install this component data sheet will start working:


I am using windows 8.1, but I am pretty sure this issue happens on all windows clients with Office 2013.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Upgraded to Win 8.1

Just upgraded my Windows 8.1 preview to the released version.

Few tips:

  1. Windows 8.1 update was not showing in windows store on my PC running 8.1 preview. This was very easy to fix by typing this into the IE address bar: “ms-windows-store:WindowsUpgrade” very cool, classy fix I found by marcoes here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1_pr-windows_install/windows-81-update-not-showing-up-in-windows-store/db21fb30-4dfa-4828-8024-02e310449ba9?page=3
  2. Good thing to know, what happens to apps or desktop applications after you upgrade? Well, they say it depends how you upgrade and how you installed your windows. I upgraded using the store, after installing the preview using a CD, here is what I experienced:
    1. My start menu apps were all marked and ready to be installed. They were installed the first time i clicked them.
    2. My desktop applications were all gone. Had to reinstall them (skype, visual studio, office, etc).
    3. Install kept windows.old in my C: drive
    4. As usual, any shared folders will need to be re-shared
  3. There are many new cool features and customizations to the start menu. I strongly advise you right click your task bar –> properties and play with the options there:
    Which makes my start menu now looks like this:
  4. In case you didn’t hear about it, the best reason to upgrade is being able to snap multiple apps at the same time, see twitter / desktop / music split on my right screen:
  5. Now, for the real reason I upgraded from 8.1 preview… it appears that MSFT did not release windows updates to the preview version so time zone changes did not update correctly which meant all meetings invites I got from Israel were offset by 1 hour… after the upgrade – it all works well so far.