SharePoint 2013 Save as a Template: Notebook bug and Composed look bug

I just found and fixed the following 2 bugs:

when you save a site as a template in SharePoint 2013/Online

  • Bug 1° the link to the notebook doesn’t work
  • Bug 2° the composed look doesn’t work

 

I will show you how to fix them. Let’s start…

 

Bug 1 : Broken Link to Notebook

 

Let’s start for the begining : I have 2 site collections

https://shareql.sharepoint.com/sites/FirstSiteCol  where I create a site, I save it as a template and I reuse the template in a second site collection: https://shareql.sharepoint.com/sites/SecondSiteCol

 

Create a basic team site

Save the site as a template and keep the content (If you don’t keep it the One Note Notebook won’t be recreated when you create a new site from this template).

Now go to the the other site collection, import the template, activate it and create a new site from this template : when you click on the Notebook link :

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you get this:

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If you go to Site Settings-Quick Launch

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and if you select the associated url:

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You will quiclky notice that the url passed to the wopi server (Office Web Access) is wrong and is still pointing to the previous site collection

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So you need to change it; how ?

Go to Site Content and display you Site Asset library : then click on the notebook

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Grab the new Url :

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and paste it in the quick launch.

 

Bug 2. Composed Look doesn’t work

 

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You get only one theme (and sometimes nothing)

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To understand and to fix that go to Site SettingsComposed looks :

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and you get an empty list of theme:

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The list is actually empty because the links are broken; to visualize them, create a new datasheet view…and miracle !

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The links are still pointing to the previous site collection;

Fix them up :

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For instance, let’s fix the Orange theme

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Save it and change the look : the Orange theme shows up

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One response to “SharePoint 2013 Save as a Template: Notebook bug and Composed look bug

  1. I’ve noticed today that the bug is not limited to the notebook link.
    I have sites with menu items referring to pages in the original site template instead of referring to pages in their own site. I haven’t figured out how to reproduce it. The site I use to create the site template has two menu items with identical links in it.

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