SharePoint Designer in Contributor Mode

Problem: SharePoint Designer Automatically switches to Contributor Mode! Another day, when I was trying to open a SharePoint site in SharePoint Designer, it automatically opened in the contributor mode! Troubleshooting: So I tried: Prompt for user name and password security settings in IE, then re-opened the SPD. Yes, It prompted me the…

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SharePoint Search service is in Hung state, Starting or Stopping?

Yes, it happened this morning. I’m unable to do a search on my MOSS website. When tried search, I got an error: “The search request was unable to connect to the search service.”  when I tried to do a full crawl, then it hangs there with the “Starting” stage, Then I tried to stop and start the Office…

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How to Remove All Responses from SharePoint Survey?

How to delete all the survey responses in SharePoint 2007 all at once without having to go through deleting one at a time? Datasheet view? Oops, it doesn’t support the datasheet view. How to Delete All Survey Responses and results in one click? Here is an easy solution: Go to Site Actions…

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Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion – Error in SharePoint Site

SharePoint site gave an error message in browser “Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion” . Resolution: Not sure, What went wrong, But I did an Application pool recycling, which made the site up!!! When the same error occurred during a Search, I Restarted “Search Query”…

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HTTP 401 Unauthorized Error – Unable to Browse FQDN Site from SharePoint Servers?

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 have a security feature that prevents the WFE itself from browsing to FQDN server names (i.e., intranet.company.com) it hosts. This is only an issue from the web server and does not affect external clients. “You are not authorized to view this page” Solution: Disable Loopback Check!…

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The Farm is unavailable Error – while running stsadm

Another day, when I was trying to activate a feature by running STSADM, it resulted with an Error message to me saying: “The Farm is unavailable” The cause of this issue is: I was running STSADM under an account which doesnt has the access to SQL Server! Once I ran the command…

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Disable Friendly Error Page and Reveal Actual Error in SharePoint

SharePoint provides the default friendly error message page, from which I could not understand what went wrong really! How to disable the default custom error page and display actual error in SharePoint? How to turn off custom errors in SharePoint? Here is how to disable SharePoint’s friendly error message and show the…

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Fix “One or more field types are not installed properly. Go to the list settings page to delete these fields.” Error in SharePoint CAML Query

Problem: I got this error when retrieving list items using CAML SPQuery. Root Cause: There was a field “Artifact ID” in the list, but the internal name was “Artifact”, resulting in an error! Correcting the internal name in the Query XML fixed the problem. In another case, I got this error:“The following…

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