One of the cool tips I showed during my SharePoint Saturday presentation is a great time-saver, when needing to navigate to the SharePoint hive.
I had a few people comment “that’s awesome !” – so I thought I’d share it here also…
How many developers do this every single day – multiple times a day ??
- Open Windows Explorer
- Double click (or expand) – C:
- Double click (or expand) – Program Files
- Double click (or expand) – Common Files
- Double click (or expand) – Microsoft Shared
- Double click (or expand) – Web Server Extensions
- Double click (or expand) – 14 (or 12 – for SharePoint 2007)
- PHEW !!
YES of course, you can have a shortcut on the desktop – but most folk just open Windows Explorer, and then think “oh yes ! I think I have a shortcut somewhere – oh well, I’ll just click through to the hive”…
With the new UI for Windows Server 2008, you can easily put a shortcut WITHIN Windows Explorer itself.
- Open Windows Explorer – and navigate to the folder
- C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions
- Draaag the “14” to the lower part of the “Favourites” section – and drop
** IMPORTANT : Make sure you “Create link in Favourites” – not MOVE the 14 folder – bad news if you do that !!
- Then – you can rename the “14” to be something else
- Right-click and choose “Rename”
- I normally rename to “SharePointRoot”
Then – you can open Windows Explorer – and just click the link for “SharePointRoot” – and you’ll be into the 14 hive immediately – cool, eh ?!