Drag & Drop is not working for SP2013

Tech Trek – 2015.09.28

One of the nice features of SharePoint 2013 is the ability to perform drag & drop file uploads. This is a quicker option from Upload Multiple Documents (known as Upload files using Windows Explorer instead — now that’s a mouthful).


Drag & drop function is not working for certain users in any SharePoint 2013 site even though this operation works for others. Files will not being displayed, or uploaded after file drop operation was successfully completed.

Here are the steps to perform to resolve this issue:

  1. Make sure prerequisites are installed in the affected PC – see list below.
  2. Check if SharePoint-related extensions are enabled under Manage add-ons in Internet Explorer.
  3. Use an alternate web browser to check if file uploads can be successful.
  4. If everything else is fails, check if the machine was previously upgraded from Office 2010 under Programs and Features of Control Panel. Perform an MS Office Repair if multiple versions exist.


  • Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • Internet Explorer 8 or 9 with MS Office 2013 installed
  • Latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome web browser that supports HTML 5 standards



SharePoint Checkbox Yes and Empty (No) values

Tech Trek – 2014.07.02

SharePoint defaults into “No” (false) value when Checkbox column is not selected. A user requested that it will be easier to isolate “Yes” (true) value when having a Checkbox column. This got me into my thinking cap, so why not?

You can create a Choice column instead with only one item e.g. Yes, in order, to display empty values when users doesn’t select a value. Make this an optional column and leave the default value as blank. You can choose whether to use a drop down style, or checkbox to display the control.

Nice and easy …

FDA Part 11 compliance

Tech Trek – 2011.07.14

I’m conducting research on US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Part 11 compliance which deals with regulatory requirements for electronic records and signatures. It is an interesting topic especially with the today’s reliance in computer technology and transition of most enterprises from paper-based system into digital medium.

I was able to find the following reference written by Microsoft since my expertise lies in the of use SharePoint for content management. I’ll update this blog as I find more details about what the process entails.

Draft SharePoint 2010 Configuration Guide for 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance (xps format)

Microsoft Life Sciences

UPDATED [2011 July 23]:
See blog post update in the comments.

Launch PowerPoint files into slideshow mode

Tech Trek – 2011.07.06

I was researching for methods to launch PowerPoint documents into slide show mode from a SharePoint document library. In SharePoint 2010, a document will launch into presentation mode once you save the file as “PowerPoint Show” format i.e. resulting into ppsx file extension.

Unfortunately, the side effect of this approach launches the dialog box below and prompts the user to confirm the operation for security reasons.

More interestingly, I’ve noticed that there is a feature with the new PowerPoint web viewer to start the slide show. By default, you will have to manually click a button when using the “View in Browser” option.

It caught my eye that there was a “PowerPointView=ReadingView” parameter being passed to the URL. After some research, I was able to find that there are a couple of options for this property. Viola! I was able to launch the slide show mode by replacing the value of the parameter into “SlideShowView” (camel-case required).


To that end, no dialog prompt was needed since the document was not opened using PowerPoint application. Unfortunately, launching this the first time will take time since it loads the viewer and the file into memory. Also, you will have to create such links manually, or may resort into creating custom menu actions to make it available to users.

MSDN resource: PowerPointView

SharePoint 2010 products

Tech Trek Log – 2010.02.18

Currently, I’m reviewing SharePoint 2010 and its family of products. Lots of name changes especially if you have previously worked on earlier editions:

– WSS is now SharePoint Foundation
– Groove is now known as SharePoint Workspace

– SharePoint Business Intelligence (BI) or Reporting became Insights
– SharePoint database connectivity, workflow processes, and Business Data Catalog (BDC) has been combined as Composites
– SharePoint Portals that include My Site and social networking components was replaced into Communities

One of the apparent changes is the use of contextual ribbons based on Office 2007 release. Thus, reinforcing that such UI is here to stay. Still need to get used with Office button replacement into File menu which should have been there in the first place.

As the old adage goes, “now that you’ve figured it out they change the question.”

I’ll be writing additional changes as I find them. One thing is for certain, Microsoft’s investing a lot in this market space with its fourth iteration due to increasing adoption from companies. This is evidenced of their marketing strategy to rename and connect things into SharePoint to ride into the bandwagon.

Looking back, it is nice to know that portal and collaborations technology has matured as compared to my initial experiences with intranets.com and writing up a white paper on corporate discussion boards. I never would have imagined specializing in such field more than ten (10) years later and see its evolution.