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Windows Vista Common Dialogs and SharePoint

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Old 02-06-2008
schyler.jones@arcomm1.com
 

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Windows Vista Common Dialogs and SharePoint
I have been using Windows XP Pro w/Office 2007 and SharePoint 2.0 on
an SBS system for sometime without any problems. However, I recently
migrated to a new PC running Vista, still with Office 2007, and have
been disappointed to discover that Microsoft has apparently put wedges
in the integration between the client OS and SharePoint, where it was
so seamless with XP. These issues I describe are all applicable to
the common dialog box that is displayed when opening and closing
documents:

1. If a SharePoint site (whether it's a mapped drive, UNC path, or
URL, was the most recently used location, the Common Dialog box will
not open the site the next time the dialog is displayed. Instead it
reverts to my personal documents folder on the local PC. It forces me
to renavigate back to my SharePoint site. Can't add a link to a
SharePoint site to Network Places as we all now know because of the
"invalid location" error that occurs when you try.

2. All of the Explorer functionality that was available from within a
Common Dialog (copy, move, delete, and create new files and folders,
change view settings, etc.) is no longer available when browsing a
SharePoint site. Again, I need to stop what I am doing and either
open the site in Windows Explorer or browse to it with IE, perform the
necessary task, and then return to what I had started.

3. Finally, in spite of problem #1, you can still choose a most
recently used SharePoint path from a drop-down list that appears at
the top of a Common Dialog. However, Vista throws up an error about
not being able to open the link, but if you cancel the error message
then click "Go" button next to the now displayed link, the Common
Dialog will open the specified SharePoint site. Sometimes this helps
in dealing with problem #1 but it still adds too many steps to the
process that I didn't used to have to follow.

I was very productive using SharePoint prior to Vista and found it to
be an excellent means for document storage. However, that is far from
true at this point and it makes me wonder if I need to bag SharePoint
and go back to plain old file shares or bag Vista and go back to XP.

Schyler
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