How to enable the RSS Feed Viewer Web Part in SharePoint 2007

Through your site settings menus, enable the following two Features:

  • Office SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection features – this is enabled in the Site Collection Features link located in the Site Collection Administration section.  Enabling this feature is what put the RSS Viewer web part in my publishing site’s web part gallery.
  • Office SharePoint Server Enterprise Site features – this is enabled in the Site features link located in the Site Administration section.  You do not need to enable this feature to add the web part to the top-level publishing site, but I think it is a good idea to enable both of these features in tandem.

This puts the RSS Viewer web part into my Gallery and can then be utilised to read content from external sources.


Error whilst applying a custom SharePoint 2007 theme

I recently went to apply a custom SharePoint theme and was presented with the unhelpful error message above.

It turns out that the reason for this error is that SharePoint has encountered an unknown file that it cannot read from in the themes’ directory.

Navigation to your custom theme directory  – [Systemdrive]\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\THEMES\yourtheme and delete the rogue file.

In my case it was the windows generated ‘thumbs.db’ thumbnail database in the folder that was causing the problem. If you have used an editor to edit any of your theme files then you may possibly have some temp files in the directory which need deleting.

If like me it was the ‘thumbs.db’ file then be sure to disable thumbnail caching for the folder. To do this click Tools in windows explorer then select Folder Options > View, look for the checkbox entitled ‘Do not cache thumbnails’ and click it.

Excel SharePoint Bug Fix

Go to my computer – Tools (menu)– Folder Options

Click the File Types (Tab)

Find the file type XLSX

Click Advanced then open in the list, hit the edit button

Check “application used to perform action” for references to moc.exe, if so delete the contents and insert the following –

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\EXCEL.EXE” /e

 Click ok, ok and close.

Xenu Link Slueth – a freeware broken links checker

I’ve been trialing ‘Xenu Link Slueth’, a freeware broken links checker.  It really is a no frills simple to use utility that can be pointed to any website to trawl for broken links.  It includes support for SSL encrypted sites and reports can be emailed to others for action.

It might be worth downloading and trialing yourself.  All you need to do is enter a URL and Xenu will trawl the links on the selected site.  Broken links are highlighted in red, to find out there source pages, right click an entry and choose properties as illustrated below.

For further info, a few related websites:

• – Xenu Project website
• – Repairing Your Site with Xenu Link Sleuth