Opening/Editing Sharepoint documents in Chrome

If you’re like most people you don’t use Internet Explorer for any of your web browsing needs unless you’re required to. Thankfully most websites are compatible with most browsers and those instances are few and far between. If you use Sharepoint though, you know most activities function much better when you use Internet Explorer and some functionality is not available.

For example if you want to edit a document clicking the EDIT button gives you an error saying it cannot find the appropriate program to edit with. Thankfully I stumbled across an “edit in browser” option. When viewing a document click on the “…” which brings up a pop up. From there click on “…” again and you will see an Edit in Browser option. Not all functionality is available when you do this, but for most quick edits this will work excellent.


Enabling offline mode in Google Chrome

In April and May I was traveling every other week for work and to keep myself occupied I would open a bunch of articles in chrome on my phone to read them on the plane. Much to my chagrin the first time I did this about half the articles were automatically reloaded by chrome and I wasn’t able to read them because I didn’t have an internet connection. I started trying to fix this by looking for a way to disable the setting that would reload tabs, but was unsuccessful. What I did find was an option to reload an article from the cache if you were offline.

Simply type chrome://flags into your address bar and find the Enable Show Saved Copy Button setting.

Enable Show Saved Copy Button Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android setting.
When a page fails to load, if a stale copy of the page exists in the browser cache, a button will be presented to allow the user to load that stale copy. The primary enabling choice puts the button in the most salient position on the error page; the secondary enabling choice puts it secondary to the reload button. #show-saved-copy

You can enable this setting as a primary or secondary button. Primary will enable this setting as the most noticeable option when you’re offline and secondary will make it the secondary option to reloading the page.

Before I found this setting I stumbled upon Pocket which is a much better option for saving articles overall, but won’t help you recall a webpage you visited earlier. The other downside to pocket is it’s much easier to forget about than an open tab and you’ll probably let articles sit in their forever before you read them.

Hard refreshing in Google Chrome

All of us are probably familiar with ctrl + F5 to hard refresh a page but I ran into a cool feature in Chrome today that will save you a second or two if your hand is already on the mouse. If you have the console open and long press on the refresh button you’re given three options

  1. Normal Reload
  2. Hard Reload
  3. Empty Cache and Hard Reload

You can already disable cache while the console is open but this option will empty the entire cache and re-download everything on the current page. The difference is if the current website has content loaded through a CDN this will force a re-download of that content.