SharePoint Designer 2013

SharePoint 2013 – Add DataView WebPart with SharePoint Designer 2013

August 15 in SharePoint Designer 2013 by Spguru Comments Off

As in previous versions of SharePoint In SharePoint 2013, you can still add Dataview webparts to your pages using SharePoint designer 2013 but with a an exception that you no longer see a Design View in SharePoint Designer 2013.

Adding DataView with Source is still not very clear. I saw a bug when I tried to add a Dataview but it would only show empty data view and not the List\Library list. However, I found a workaround that and was finally able to add a XSLTListView WebPart on a page.

In this post we will see the Step-by-Step Tutorial on how to add a DataView in a SharePoint 2013 site page which will be viewed in Browser.

1. Open your site in SharePoint designer 2013.

2. Next, Create a WebPart Page.

Give your Webpart Page a name and click ok.

3. Next Edit file to Open.

4. Click on “CODE VIEW TOOLS” tab and then click on Parse HTML

5. Next click in of WebPartZone and then click on Insert Tab and then DataView.

If you don’t see this and just sees the “Empty Data View” Option select that and then again click in the WebPartZone and then Data View again. Then you will see the datassource Options. The earlier (empty data view) will add a DataFormWebPart that you can delete that if you want.

This might be a Bug in SharePoint 2013 beta Designer.

Once you add a DataView for a List\Library you will see a new XsltListViewWebPart added.

6. Click on XsltListViewWebPart and you will see the DataView’s tab appear.

Here you can Add\Columns,Set Paging,View Data Source details and rules and can do pretty much everything you use to do with your OLD dataview.

If you want to edit the XSLT of this webpart you can navigate to “DESIGN” tab and click on “Customize Entire View”.

7. Preview Changes – Even though the Design View is missing you can still preview the changes with “Preview in Browser”.

8. Once done Save the Page and Check in.


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SharePoint Designer 2013 Changes, New Features, Enhancements..

August 15 in SharePoint Designer 2013 by Spguru Comments Off

Microsoft has made some significant Changes in SharePoint 2013 Designer.Before you plan on modifying Sites or designing workflows these are some of the Changes that you must know about.

No Design View

The Design View (the one that use to show the design at bottom with Split View) is no longer available in SharePoint Designer 2013. Read more…

Platform Type

SharePoint Designer 2013 you have the option of choosing the platform on which you wish to build a workflow in the workflow creation dialog. You can select SharePoint 2010 Workflow or SharePoint 2013 workflow.

Workflows – There are two kind of Workflows that you can create in Designer.
List Workflow: Used to start a workflow developed for a specific list.
Site Workflow: Used to start a workflow developed for the site.

Lets look at what has been improved in terms of workflows in SharePoint 2013 designer.

Workflow Enhancements

Copy-paste Workflow steps -

This new feature is the ability to Copy-and-Paste within the text-based designer. This means now you can Ctrl-C and then Ctrl-V just in your workflow Step to copy conditions\actions etc. You can select multiple lines of actions, steps and conditional blocks, or multiple stages, then copy and paste them into the places where you need the logic.Read more…

Call External Web Service from Workflow

New Action “Call Web Service” Action has been introduced to get data from external or Internal web service. Watch Video

Loops in Workflow

SharePoint workflows now support much desired “Loops”. Loops are now a fully integrated action which you can use within all 2013 Workflows.

Dictionary Type Variables

New variables have been introduced that can hold an array of values. This is to combine with Loop actions to get a set of values from various sources like external web service etc. The following are the three actions specifically designed for the Dictionary variable type.
Three actions specifically designed for the Dictionary variable type.
Build Dictionary
Count Items in a Dictionary
Get an Item from a Dictionary

Workflow Stages

Remember you use to Create State machine workflows .. well you don’t need them anymore. SharePoint Designer 2013 has introduced Stages where you can design the workflow in such a way that it can jump to any stage(when needed) as a response to an Action in another stage. A “Go to a stage” Action has been added to support this.

Task actions

A new Set of Actions called “Task Actions” has been added. Two Actions under this category has been added.

Assign a task - This Action is to assign a Task to a User that outputs a Variable an a TaskId. You can use the people picker to select the person or group to whom you are assigning the task.

Start a Task ProcessThis action allows you to assign multiple tasks to multiple users and then use the results in a task process.

New Visual Designer

This designer is included in SharePoint Designer if you have installed Visio. You can drag in the different shapes on the left representing the different actions to create your workflow. Once done simply Publish the workflow to your SharePoint site.

Read more… Watch Video

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