Microsoft’s 64-bit support is still sorely fragmented as we find out with a brand new laptop trying to access Microsoft SharePoint.
The joys of working with Microsoft products!
So I have a brand-new, shiny 17″ HP laptop. 64-bit throughout. 6GB of RAM and comes pre-installed with 64-bit Windows.
You would think, then, that you would want to use 64-bit applications right? Wrong!!
I automatically use the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer to access some Microsoft specific sites (Outlook Web Access and SharePoint 2007). I install and use the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office. Does this work well with SharePoint (from Microsoft)? No!
For starters, you cannot upload an Excel spreadsheet to a SharePoint list like you should be able to. You get an error:
Next you try to switch a list into a “Datasheet” view – which looks a bit like a spreadsheet. Inevitably, you get another error:
To fix these errors, you then have to download and install “2007 Office System Driver: Data Connectivity Components“.
And you have to use the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).
Although much of the work I do is for very large organisations and extremely costly projects, being an adopted Yorkshire-man, I’ve always an eye open for a bargain! More seriously, there are many small to medium sized businesses and charities that cannot afford big IT budgets but that still are crying out for good information management, communications and collaboration tools. In this article, I’ve tried to highlight a few tools that I think are worth looking at.
I’ve not included anything in this article that requires a monthly or annual cost. All the tools here are available for free at least with limited features. The feature lists given are for the free versions with paid-for key features noted where appropriate. I also note if any of the web sites are blocked by typical enterprise firewalls.
There is a lot more than what I’ve shared here, I’ll try to update this article from time-to-time. Continue reading “Low-cost Information Management, Communications and Collaberation Tools”
One often missed aspect of the Find dialog in Microsoft Word is the ability to use wild cards.
In fact, Word not only has the simple wild cards (* and ?) but usesÂ simplified Regular Expression (REGEX) searching.
In this article, I’ve put together a number of examples of advanced finds and replaces that I’ve found useful. I’ll update it from time to time. Continue reading “Microsoft Word Wildcard and Regular Expression Search and Replace”