SharePoint Project Series.

This is a series of blogs I am writing on SharePoint projects:

Part 1 - Design and Planning Part 2 - Implementation (Stage 1) Part 3 - Implementation (Stage 2)
Part 4 - Training Part 5 - Continued Support Part 6 - Suggested Continued Improvement

Friday, June 20, 2008

SharePoint List Print View... my oh my!

I have spent a lot of hours designing and creating complicated custom lists for clients (usually to replace communal excel spreadsheets). Many, Many times I have been asked by clients: "Jakob, how can I print this fantastic list from SharePoint." Quite often the only realistic option to print a decent view of the list is to export it into excel and then print it from there. However this doesn't really provide a Business Productivity focused approach to printing out lists my any means!

Our always loved and respected friends at Codeplex have included a very nice and fancy WSP solution file that can be deployed to a SharePoint farm that installs a very easily accessible "Print List" menu item to the "Actions" menu in lists. Excellent! This gives users a very simple and nice printable view of a SharePoint list as can be seen here:

After Clicking on Actions and the Print List, the feature will give you an option to select one of your predefined views:

Next PrintList will display a printable view of your list such as:

What a fantastic tool.

To Install Print List, download the .WSP file from Codeplex.

Once you have downloaded the file run:

1. c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\12\bin\stsadm.exe -addsolution -filename c:\\PrintList.wsp


2. c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\12\bin\stsadm.exe -deploysolution -name PrintList.wsp -allowgacdeployment -immediate

That's it!

Now you will need to activate the feature on the site collection through Site Actions.


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