SharePoint 2010 Batch Edit functionality (free codeplex solution)

One of my clients is doing the full migration from a fileserver to a SharePoint environment. One of their large pieces of content is an image library, with a lot of images from office parties, buildings, people and so on.

It didn’t took long to convince them to do the actual migration to SP, but they had one big question: They wanted to have a quick way to add metadata to the pictures, while also viewing the actual thumbnail. They wanted this functionality to quickly tag all pictures of a certain building at the quickest way possible.

In short: an “edit in datasheet”  but with the thumbnail visible (which is not happening today).So I did what I always do when a client wants a customization: Google it!

I didn’t find any real solutions, but then I got to codeplex and found the Batch Edit functionality.

Batch Edit solution

While it doesn’t exactly do as required, it was still a solution to the need of the client!Result: Another happy customer!

The Batch Edit functionality is quite simple and genius at the same time, allows you to select multiple documents and edit the metadata for all those documents at the same time in a pop-up window. After you install the solution, a new button appears in your ribbon to change those metadata fields at once. A great collaboration between TamTam and OrbitOne!

batch edit button
batch edit button

For my client, I had to use the asset library because the picture library does not have a ribbon!

batch edit items
batch edit items

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 12 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.

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