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Advent Calendar Door 17: Displaying dialogs and messages in SharePoint

Displaying dialogs and messages in SharePoint

One of the basics of user interaction is displaying dialogs and messages. In today’s skybow Advent Calendar cookie, we will show how simple is this to achieve with skybow Solution Studio, skybow Action Links or skybow Rich Forms.


You can create a “Show message” action, either in Action Links component in skybow Solution Studio or in separate skybow Action Links Add-In, or as a button action in skybow Solution Studio or skybow Rich Forms. “Show message” action behaves the same way in all our products.

In the screenshot below, an Show Message action has been created in Action Links component in skybow Solution Studio.

You will need to enter the text which is going to be displayed: note that this text can be “calculated” with skybow Expression Language, so that messages can be dynamic, contextual and user specific.

You will then need to choose one of the three supported message types - Dialog, Notification or Status. Note that messages of “Status” type can be displayed as Information, Success, Warning or Error, which differ mainly in color. For Status and Notification messages, you will also to have define for how many seconds the message will be shown.

Action Builder skybow Solution Studio

Here we see a “Hello there from skybow” message displayed as a dialog: 

Notification SharePoint

And here is the same message as a Notification:

Order Info

On the end, here is the same “Hello there from skybow” message displayed as Status message of the type “Success”.

Order Info displayed.pngAnd there, in few seconds, we have created powerful notification and dialog messages for our users – because skybow. 😊


Adis Jugo

Written by Adis Jugo

is Director of Product Technology at skybow, and a software architect with over 20 years of experience. Adis is double Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Office Development and for Office Servers and Services. He first met SharePoint (and Microsoft CMS server) back in 2002, and since 2006 his focus was completely shifted towards architecture and development of productivity solutions, now based on the Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint technologies. Adis is an internationally recognized speaker with over 15 years of speaker experience, speaking at various Microsoft, Community and SharePoint/Office 365/Azure conferences worldwide.