Sharing Reports for SharePoint Online

Some SharePoint Online sites are easy to manage when it comes to permissions (especially if there’s no unique permissions on the site). But attempting to find a single place where you can review all the permissions of everything on your site was difficult… until now. If you’re a Site Administrator for a given site, you can use the new Sharing Report to create a spreadsheet of all the permissions on all the items in the site. Here’s how it works and looks…

Deciphering the SharePoint Online/OneDrive sharing links

I’ve been asked about some of the odd parameters that are now part of sharing links when you’re grabbing a copy of a link to a file or folder to share with someone else. In trying to research the answer, I found that there’s very little information in a single location that addresses this, so I’m going to give it a shot here. Keep in mind that this is my “best guess” on the topic, and it may not be totally correct and/or may change without notice. 🙂

Renaming URLs in a SharePoint Online site

One of the questions I’ve grown to dread in my years of working with SharePoint is “can we change the URL of my site?” Up until now, the answer was pretty much no, unless you wanted to go through major hassles to create a new site, copy over content, etc. However, Microsoft has finally rolled out a feature to allow you to truly rename a URL, *and* it handles automatic redirects if someone uses the old URL. There are some caveats that I’ll point out at the end of this tip, but here’s how it works…

Adding Comments to non-Microsoft files in SharePoint Online and OneDrive

One of the many benefits of storing files in SharePoint Online or OneDrive as opposed to file shares is the ability to add comments to the file for additional context and collaboration. However, until recently that was only allowed for Microsoft files (such as Word, Excel, etc.) Now the ability to add comments has been extended to non-Microsoft files, such as PDF files. Here’s how that works…