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Locked Down in SharePoint Designer 2007 – SharePoint Designer Contributor Settings

I recently changed some local account settings on my Windows 7 computer that I use to create and modify SharePoint sites with SharePoint Designer. I modified the UAC settings and added my domain user account to the local administrators group, now after opening a couple of sites, I found that I couldn’t see my workflows and other formatting options that I usually work with. I would usually right click on the SPD shortcut and click “Run as Administrator” and would be prompted to login with my domain admin credentials. But after making the account changes, it would simply open SPD.

After doing a bit of research, I found that it may be associated with the Contributor Settings. However, when attempting to modify these settings, I was notified that I needed to have administrator privileges to do so.

Here’s what I did to resolve the issue.

1. Create a shortcut using the runas command.

 C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /user:Username@yourdomain.local /env “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\SPDESIGN.EXE”

  • Right click on your desktop and click new > shortcut, then type the following in the field.
  • C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /user:Username@yourdomain.local /env “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\SPDESIGN.EXE”
  • Replace the username with your domain administrator username.
  • Replace “yourdomain.local” with your network’s domain name.
  • Click next and type a name for the shortcut and click finish.
  • Double click on the shortcut and type your administrator password. (Note: you won’t be able to see any characters being added in the command line)
sharepoint designer contributor settings

sharepoint designer contributor settings


2. Now, in SharePoint Designer, click on “Site” in the menu bar and click “Contributor Settings”

sharepoint designer contributor settings

sharepoint designer contributor settings


3. Select “Content Authors” and click “Modify”

sharepoint designer contributor settings

4. Under “General”, check the box “Allow unrestricted use of SAharePoint Designer.

sharepoint designer contributor settings

That’s it. Now you should be able to see your workflows and any other content that was not previously visible.


Delegating Power Options Management to Limited Users in XP

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Microsoft doesn’t have a lot of good literature on how to do this, so that’s why I am writing this Wiki. 

We have users who frequently take their laptops on business trips to do presentations.  Having the monitor blank out from inactivity during a long discussion is a frequent complaint.  Worse is when the computer goes into standby!

Normally these are great things as it saves the laptop’s battery life.  But sometimes you just want to turn these options off, or modify them to your liking.  Doing so usually requires administrator priveleges.  But it SHOULDN’T have to!

To grant the ability to change machine power management settings to limited users, edit permissions for the registry key below to replicate the permissions for “Power Users”. To save you a step, I have added a screenshot of the permissions.

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Controls Folder\PowerCfg

Right click on the “PowerCfg” folder anc click permissions.

Click the “Advanced” button to set special permissions.

Select “Users” under the Name column then click edit.

Match the permissions as shown in the screenshot.

Now your users can mess with the power options all they want without bugging you!

Limited User Power Settings

Turn off auto restart after Windows Updates

November 10, 2010 1 comment

If you have ever left your computer running important tasks during lunch break or overnight only to come back and find that Windows has restarted due to automatic updates, then you can realize what a nuisance this can be.

In my opinion, a computer should never ever automatically restart until it is done so by the user. What Windows updates are important enough to end important tasks or close applications in the middle of a project?

There are several ways to prevent Windows from automatically after updates, but my preferred method is to enable “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations”. Here’s how to do it.

Click start and type “gpedit.msc” and the results will displayed in the window as shown below.

Next, expand Administrative TemplatesThen click on Windows Update so that it’s contents will be shown in the preview pane

Right click on “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations” and click Edit.

Just enable this setting and make any comments if you like and click apply.