This is an easy to use and very useful feature in SharePoint designer 2010 that I’m almost too embarrassed to say I just found out about recently, although I’ve been working with SharePoint designer 2010 intensively.
Okay so let’s take for example a scenario which I believe to be a very common in which this ability can come very handy, suppose you are required to create an hierarchy tree for the different divisions or mangers in your company, where each different branch of your tree is supposed to be linked to a different site or pop up window.
You have two options:
- Build one from scratch using html – which should take you a while…
- Create a simple image file using Visio\PowerPoint or any other software and then add the different links to it using Hot Spots with SharePoint designer 2010 which should take you no more than a few minutes.
So this is what you need to do once you’ve created your image file:
- Add a content editor or Html form Web Part to your page and add your image in it (This is important! if you add your picture on a wiki type page\zone you won’t be able to add hot spots on it!).
- Edit your page using SharePoint designer 2010 (If your page is a publishing page you’ll need to detach it form it’s layout in order to edit it).
- View your page in the “Design” view.
- Left click your image in the design view.
- Now on the ribbon of the designer you should see the Picture Tools tab:
6. Click on “Format” beneath the Picture Tools tab.
7. Click on the Hot Spots Icon and choose the shape of the area you want to link.
8. Mark around the area you want to link, add the URL you want to link to.
9. You also have the option to add a ScreenTip, choose a target frame for example: if you want your link to open in a new window, and add parameters If you’re using a query string.