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Metro UI Masterpage – May Update


Hi everyone,

I have released a new update to the Metro Masterpage Farm & Sandbox editions making a couple of enhancements and some fixes for some issues that were reported also.

Enhancements :

  • Streamlined some code for better performance
  • Added new functionality to choose which side you would like the quick launch.  (This is a Site Collection level setting) (FARM SOLUTION ONLY)

Fixes :

  • Fixed broken wiki functionality.

Coming Soon :

  • The ability to choose the colour of each site easier with accent colours automatically generated. (FARM SOLUTION ONLY)

You can download the new version NOW by clicking on this link:

If you have any suggested functionality please let me know.


UPDATE – 09/05/2012 – MUI Bug Fixed and Dialog Fix for Sandbox & Farm Solutions now online and on Codeplex.

SPLongOperation – Explained & Branded



When you are performing out of the box operations in SharePoint 2010 normally in Central Administration you will get a nice loading screen from SharePoint with an animated loading gif. Have you ever wondered how you can use this in your own SharePoint Solution? I have been doing SharePoint for a while now and only recently discovered the SPLongOperation method and it is quite the little gem.

I have been writing a site provisioning service recently and have used the above code to help provide the end users some feedback while a

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new site collection is being created. Only a couple of lines of code but it transformed the solution.

Want to change the text that is displayed in the loading screen? No problem.

This will change the text on the page to reflect your specific requirements.

Branding the Loading Page

Do you want to match the loading page to your corporate colour scheme? No problem. Below is the output of the page in raw html.

As you can see the markup is very simple. What you can then do is create a new CSS style sheet and inject the reference to it in the LeadingHTML property as the property is not escaped.

This will then enable you to customize the page as you need to changing background colours, fonts images etc. This is the kind of result that you will get.

Do download a working solution with branding included please use the link below.