How To Open A 2013 Site In Sharepoint Designer 2010

062613_2103_howtoopena21After your account is converted to the 2013 platform, you get an error when you try to open a site in SPD 2010. This is a problem for many users whose operating systems don’t support SPD 2013, or those who want to continue using the enhanced features of SPD 2010. I asked several times about this issue but only got a “not possible” response from MSFT support.

Huh. It turns out the only thing preventing you from using 2010 is an update that MSFT rather deceptively installs on your computer sometime after the conversion, under the guise of a “high priority update” which “provides the latest fixes….and stability and performance improvements”. ????? I wonder what those “latest fixes” are? They are of course not detailed anywhere. And the ONLY thing the update actually seems to do is block SPD 2010 accessing 2013 sites. Luckily, I came across a comment by Dave Kuehling in a Laura Rogers blog post that mentioned this and when I uninstalled the update, 365 sites once again opened in SPD 2010.

The Fix
So, take a look in control panel»add/remove programs»Sharepoint Designer for an update numbered: KB2553382. Remove it. Try opening your team site in SPD 2010 and it should work. Public sites are now https in 2013, so you’ll have to enter a “new” url to open them.
They snuck this update through again – this time disguised as a critical Office 2010 update. Now you also have to remove KB2687455 which is a bunch of updates bundled together. Since they don’t tell you what an update does, I confess I have no idea what else is being updated – but I don’t really care. Office worked fine before the update – and SPD 2010 doesn’t work after. So I’ll live without the update.
5/15/2014: Ooops – they did it again!
You know the routine – now you have to ALSO remove KB#2810069…..

Prevent Reinstallation
The update will reinstall if you use automatic updates, so for good measure, block it at the Windows Update site at
Do a custom scan for available updates. KB2553382 (and 2687455 and 2810069) should show up as a “high priority”.
Uncheck it and check “Don’t show this update again”.
That should kill it and allow you to freely use the product you want to use with no need to redo the uninstall – and no apparent ill effects.

So here’s what we know so far: MSFT went out of their way to block access to 2013 sites with SPD 2010 – not once, but twice.. There’s no technological reason why 2013 sites can’t be opened in SPD 2010 – they work fine together. They did it without notifying anyone by installing a “high priority update”. They played dumb when faced with user protests and questions. They just don’t seem to get it!
All of which leaves me wondering – why? And why do it in such an underhanded way? If people want to continue using SPD 2010, why not just let them? At the very least, if MSFT sees some risk in using SPD 2010, tell users what the risk is so they have the facts necessary to make an informed decision and the option of “undoing” the change if desired. The way this was done is another symptom of MSFT’s current efforts to “force” people to “upgrade” their software – a trend which frankly just reinforces negative perceptions about them in the marketplace.

Display a sub site list on a parent site in Sharepoint Online 2010 and 2013

If you want to show a list belonging to one site on another site (in the same site collection), you can use a list template. BUT if you want the list to dynamically reflect changes made in either site on both sites, here’s how:

Insert the sub site list on a sub site page
In Sharepoint Designer, open the page and select the list
From the ribbon “save to gallery”
Choose the option to show items from THIS list (not a list relative to the site the web part is inserted on).

Go to parent site and insert that web part on a page.
This works for an Enterprise account.

In Sharepoint Online 2013, this still works, but Microsoft in their own inimitable way has made it a bit harder and less obvious.
Using Sharepoint Designer 2013, it’s not apparent how to “save (a web part) to gallery”. The trick is to open a page with the list view on it in SPD, click anywhere in the list view web part, right click and select “tag properties”. Click “OK” and the web part tools will show in the ribbon.
From there you click “save to gallery” and the option about showing “list data from the current web site or from the same list relative to the site it’s inserted on” will appear. Opt for “list data from the current web site”, save the web part and insert it (from the “miscellaneous” group) on the other site…

Using the RSS Feed Viewer Web Part To Show 365 Content On Another Site

If you want to show some content from one site collection on another, the RSS Feed Viewer Web Part is an easy way to overcome the restrictions MSFT has put in place. The only caveat is the source content must be hosted on the public side of your account. Feeds of internal content (team sites) will not work.In this example I’ll show you how easy it is to display a list of blog posts from one 365 site on a site in a completely different site collection. This is how it will look:


Activate the rss feed in the list/library settings
Open the list and copy the rss feed url (click the rss icon to get it)
Open the page you want to display the list on
Insert an Rss Feed Viewer Web Part
In the web part properties, paste in the rss feed url


That’s it! Now you can display 365 list/library content on any other site – even a site external to 365. You can see an example here»
One neat thing about the viewer web part is that when you click a list item title, an excerpt will open in a drop down with a “see more” link to the full content. A feed of a document library will show a selection of fields in the drop down-though I’m not sure how to control what shows. Users with appropriate permissions can also click through to find a link to open/download the document.
As you can see, my example is on a public site, which by default doesn’t include the RSS web part. No problem, you can either download it from your team site’s settings» web part gallery or from here».
Then, since access to the public site web part gallery is “hidden”, append /_catalogs/wp/Forms/AllItems.aspx to your domain and upload the web part.

Create “albums” in a picture library

The picture library default view shows all items in the library. If you want to show different sets of images or “albums”, you can create separate views and apply them where you need them. To create an album, you add a field to associate images with an album, and then create views filtered on that field. Here’s how:Set upOpen the library, click the “library” tab and “library settings”
Scroll down to “create a column” and name it for example “Album”
Go the individual image’s properties, and enter a value in the new album field-use the same value for images you want displayed together, for example “1”
Go back to library settings and click “create view”
If you want the horizontal thumbnail view, select “thumbnails” as the starting point for your new view and name it say “Album 1”
Check “album” in the list of fields that will be included in the view
Scroll down to the “Filter” options and select: “Show items only when the following is true -When the column: Yourcolumnname (Album) is equal to: Yourcolumnvalue (eg “1”)
Save that view


Add to a page
Insert a picture library web part on a page
Click the top right arrow to “edit web part”
In the properties box that opens, under “Selected View” select your view (eg Album 1) from the drop down
Save the web part.
Here’s an example of 2 web parts added with different views selected:


Get More Web Parts For The Office 365 Sharepoint Online Public Site

It’s great that you can add web parts to the public site – but in one of those pointless moves seemingly designed to needlessly frustrate users – MSFT decided to limit the web parts made available. So here’s how to overcome that restriction. I’ve used this technique to add a lot of different web parts to the public site – in this example I’m going to use the “Picture Library Slideshow Web Part” which was suggested by markgi_MSFT in the 365 forum.Export the web part.First you have to locate the web part. It’s probably going to be in your team site web part library:
Click the “cog” in the top right corner and navigate to Site settings»Web designer galleries»Web parts.
Locate MSPictureLibrarySlideshow.webpart and click it to download.
TIP: If you can’t find it, you can download it here:
Import the web part.
In another brilliant move, MSFT hid the public site web part gallery, so you’ll have to enter this url to open it: Import the web part by navigating to where you saved it.
Now it should be available to add to a public page. Here’s an example: Here’s how it should look:


Download Web Parts Here!
There are 72 web parts in a 2010 Enterprise account. If you can’t find a web part in your Small Business team site, open up a trial Enterprise account and you’ll find all 72!. You can drag and drop all of them over to your public site if you open the public and team site web part galleries in either windows explorer or Sharepoint Designer. Or you can download a couple of popular ones here:
Chart Web Part | RSS Feed Viewer Web Part
Picture Library Slideshow | Content Query Web Part