Thursday, March 25, 2021

PowerApps - Trouble passing parameters to Power Automate

 If you connect a Power Automate workflow to a PowerApp, you call the Run() method and can pass it parameters.  If the PowerApp isn't allowing you to add parameters to Run(), just select your object and under Action select Power Automate.  Remove the Flow and re-add it, and you should then be able to add the parameters you want to pass.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

SharePoint Gallery View - Make images of people bigger

The gallery view in SharePoint is great, especially when used to show people.  For example, I've created a New Hire list that is populated by a Powershell script that pulls in any new hires nightly.  But the images for the people are tiny:

But it's SO CLOSE to what we're looking for!

So with a couple of quick edits, you can increase the size of those images.

  • From your Views, select "Format the current view":

And then select on Card Designer, then Advanced Mode


Copy the JSON and paste it into an editor.  Do a search for:

"src": "=getUserImage([$], 'S')"

And replace the 'S' with an 'L' to bring back the bigger image.

Next, find the following block:

"forEach": "personIterator in [$NewHire]",
                    "elmType": "a",
                    "attributes": {
                      "class": "=if(loopIndex('personIterator') >= 5, 'sp-card-userContainer', 'sp-card-userContainer sp-card-keyboard-focusable')"
                    "style": {
                      "display": "=if(loopIndex('personIterator') >= 5, 'none', '')"

Add a width and height property to the style section to the size that you'd like the image to be:

"forEach": "personIterator in [$NewHire]",
                    "elmType": "a",
                    "attributes": {
                      "class": "=if(loopIndex('personIterator') >= 5, 'sp-card-userContainer', 'sp-card-userContainer sp-card-keyboard-focusable')"
                    "style": {
                      "display": "=if(loopIndex('personIterator') >= 5, 'none', '')",
      "width": "100px",
      "height": "100px"

Pasted this JSON back in, save the view and you should be all set!

Monday, February 1, 2021

Teams: Tasks by Planner - We couldn't save your tab settings

If you're an owner of a team and you try to add the Tasks by Planner tab and get the "We couldn't save your tab settings. Please try again.":

Just make yourself a member temporarily and then you'll be able to create the tab.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Copy all views from one SharePoint list to another via Powershell

 Here's a PnP Powershell script that copies all views from one SharePoint list to another list:

# Url to the site
$siteUrl = ""

# The list where we want to copy all of the views
$listWithViewsToCopy = "Banana"

# The list name to copy the views to
$listToCopyTo = "Pineapple"

Write-Host "Connecting to PnP..."
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $siteUrl -Credential (Get-credential)

# Get all the views and properties for the list
$viewsToCopy = Get-PnPView -List $listWithViewsToCopy -Includes "ViewQuery","ViewType","ViewData","ViewJoins","ViewProjectedFields","RowLimit","Paged"

# Loop through each view and create it in the new list
foreach ($view in $viewsToCopy)
   Write-Host "Adding View: "$view.Title
   # Loop through all fields and create an array

   $fields = [System.Collections.ArrayList]::new()

   foreach ($field in $view.ViewFields)

   # Add the new view
   Add-PnPView -List $listToCopyTo -Title $view.Title -Fields $fields -Query $view.ViewQuery -ViewType $view.ViewType -RowLimit $view.RowLimit

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Grant access to an item or folder: Add a SharePoint Group

In Power Automate, if trying to grant access to an item or a folder, and you try to use a SharePoint Group, it won't resolve and you'll get an error that the field is required.

But if you just Initialize a variable and assign it the name of the SharePoint Group:

And then use that variable instead:

You no longer get an error, and the group will get added with the access level specified when you run the flow!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Get-PnPListItem in a list with greater than 5000 items

If you need to grab all the items from a list with greater than 5000 items in SharePoint Online, you might get the following error:

The attempted operation is prohibited because it exceeds the list view threshold enforced by the administrator

To get around that, add a query with the scope of RecursiveAll to your query like so:

Connect-PnpOnline -Url '' -Credentials (Get-Credential)
$query = "<View Scope='RecursiveAll'><RowLimit>5000</RowLimit></View>"
$items = Get-PnPListItem -List 'My List' -Query $query

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Display all the sites a user can access

I've heard many people ask for a place to view all the sites they have access to.  Using the content search web part you can accomplish this and have a page that by using search, which returns unique results for each user based on their permissions, each user gets a unique list of the sites they can access that looks something like this:

The following steps describe how to create this:

Enable the Content Search Web Part

In the Site Settings, under Site Collection Administration, enable the SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection and the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure features.  These add the Content Search web part and create the JS files in the Content Web Parts directory.

Upload the template files and css

First, download the the code from the following in github:

Open up SharePoint Designer and select on All Files in the left hand navigation.  Then go to /_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Content Web Parts.  Copy Control_Sites_Directory.html and Item_Sites_Directory.html here.  Edit the url in these files (where it says "") to your url.

Go to Site Assets, and create a Styles folder (if not there already), and copy SitesDirectory.css there.

Add the web part and select the templates

First, add a content search web part to your page and edit it.  In the dropdowns, select the newly added Sites Directory for the Control and Item Sites Directory for the item.

Setup the web part query

Edit the web part and hit the Change Query button, Switch to Advanced Mode and paste in the following "contentclass:STS_Site" into the Query text box

You might want to remove some sites/paths from the query as needed by using the Property filter (e.g. -Path:  If you want to add subsites as well, make the query text (contentclass:STS_Site OR contentclass:STS_Web).

Map the Site Name to a RefinableString for Search Sorting

You'll probably want these results to be sorted, so to accomplish that, go to your Content Type Hub and go to Site Settings -> Search Schema (under Site Collection Administration), and then search for "RefinableString".  Select one, say RefinableString00, and scroll down to Add a Mapping.  Map "ows_SiteName" and press OK.  Wait a bit (maybe a day), for the index to update.  You'll now be able to sort by RefinableString00.  [I usually also give the RefinableString an Alias like SiteName, so it's more clear what you're sorting on]

And that should be it!

NOTE:  If some sites aren't showing, just kickoff a re-index of the site in Site Settings  -> Search and offline availability...

The paging functionality was referenced from Sean McDonough's blog here: