Wednesday, April 13, 2011

IE 9 Pinned Sites With SharePoint

After I started using Internet Explorer 9, I quickly noticed how powerful the pinned site feature was with sites like Bing and Twitter. If you haven’t seen the feature yet install IE9, pin one of the sites to your Windows 7 task bar, and right-click on the pinned site.


I starting thinking about how this could be used with SharePoint to improve site navigation and it turned out to be a lot easier than I expected.

To add pinned site customization to your site, open up your site’s master page in SharePoint designer. The following meta tags can then be added to the page header section.

<meta name="application-name" content="SharePoint"/>

<meta name="msapplication-tooltip" content="Launch SharePoint Site"/>

<meta name="msapplication-starturl" content="http://pcemaurer/SitePages/Home.aspx">

<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=Search;action- uri=/SitePages/Search.aspx;icon-uri=/search.ico" />

<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=Calendar;action-uri=/Lists/Calendar/calendar.aspx;icon-uri=/calendar.ico" />

<meta name="msapplication-navbutton-color" content="#ffa812"/>

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/_layouts/images/favicon.ico" />

Once the meta tags have been added, save the master page and then pin the site to your task bar to view the changes.


In the example I am adding a Jump List with links to a Search page and a Calendar on my SharePoint site. I am also setting the navigation buttons’ color for the site. With this quick customization you and your users can now easily navigate to different parts of your site directly from their taskbar.

Learn more about Pinned Sites from Microsoft

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