Specify Scope in Search Box Web Part

How to specify the scope to be used in the Search Box Web Part and hide the drop down.

Put the search scope into its own Display Group.

In order to specify the scope, you have to select the “Show scopes dropdown”. To hide the dropdown, fix the dropdown width to 1 pixel.

To set the scope, in the Miscellaneous group, set the Scope display group to the group created.


Getting rid of the Revert to Template message.

The current page has been customized from its template. Revert to template.

There are other options available (How to hide Revert to Template Status on the SPD Customized Pages), but I like this one because it doesn’t involve customizing the master page.

Insert a HTML Form web part. Replace the source code with the following:

<style type="text/css">
body #pageStatusBar{height:0px; font-size:0px; padding:0px; border-style:none;}

From SharePoint List thru Excel to Web Part

How do you take information from your SharePoint list and display it in a pivot table on a SharePoint page? This can be achieved by using Excel’s Data Connections and Excel Services. This article will walk through the steps of going from a SharePoint list to an Excel Pivot Table and then to displaying the pivot table on a SharePoint page.


Export the list to a pivot table


Change the view of the list to “Edit in Datasheet”.

On the right side of the list is a subtle arrow. This is the hidden task pane. Click the arrow to open the task pane.


Select “Create Excel Pivot Table Report”


Choose the fields to put on the pivot table.


For more information on creating Pivot Tables with Excel 2007 see the Excel 2007 Courses site.

Change the name of your Pivot Table to something meaningful. This is how you’ll identify the table to the web part.
Publish to Excel Services


When you’re ready to publish your table, select the windows button > Publish > Excel Services.

Select the SharePoint document library you’d like to publish to.


If you need to add a network place, use the “new folder” button to launch the wizard.

Open “Excel Services Options…”
Select “Items in the Workbook” from the Show selection dropdown.

Select the pivot table created and click “OK”.


After naming the file, click “Save”. This will publish the workbook to SharePoint and Excel Services.

Excel Services will open with a preview of the report created.


Close the tab when you’ve finished reviewing the output.



Create the Web Part Page


Back on the SharePoint site, create a new page.

Enter in a Title, the URL Name (without spaces, using CamelCase), and “Blank Web Part Page” for the layout.



Add a web part
Add an Excel Web Access web part.

In the web part, you’ll see “Click here to open the tool pane.”


Inside the tool pane, the ellipsis next to the Workbook will open a browse menu to libraries/lists in the site. Locate the document library the workbook was published to.


You may need to use the paging option at the top to retrieve the next set of options.


Select the workbook that was published earlier.


Alternatively, if you have the URL, you can just enter that into the Workbook field.


In the Named Item, enter the name of the pivot table (exactly as it was named earlier in the workbook.)


Click “Apply”.


Click “Save and Stop Editing” to view the page normally.


The page will be saved into the “Pages” document library, a library that is common to all SharePoint sites.


Copy the URL to add to a link list.

This link can then be added to another page more accessible to others.
Refreshing the list


When the originating SharePoint list has changed, for example new items have been added to the list, the excel pivot table will need to be opened and refreshed. (Instructions on having the data refresh automatically will be added in another post.)


Open the document library housing the spreadsheet, and “Edit in Microsoft Office Excel.”
On the “Data” tab, select “Connection” and “Refresh”, then “Close”.


You should see the new totals reflected on the pivot table in the workbook.


Click “Save”. Since the workbook was opened from SharePoint it will save back to SharePoint. You do not need to republish it.


Close the workbook and refresh the page with the web part to view new data.