Monthly Archives: January 2016

Reverting to a SharePoint 2010 default list form once it’s been customized…

20160122Image01.pngSo today’s adventure involved fixing someone’s custom list form that had “broken”. They said that it used to look one way, and then something happened and now it looks different and things at the top of the form are gone. Not a lot to go on, but that’s my job… figure things out based on people explaining issues in terms they understand.

After some thought and observation, I figured out that someone had gone into Customize Form on the list’s Ribbon Bar and saved/published a new version of the form. It’s close to the same look as the default form, but things like the Attach File icon and the buttons at the bottom of the form disappear. I also confirmed that the displayifs.aspx, newifs.aspx, and editifs.aspx versions of the forms (customized versions) were showing up as present in SharePoint Designer.

Now… how do I revert back to the default form?

It was easier than I thought… If you go into List Tools > List > Library Settings, you’ll see an option titled Form Setting under General Settings. When you open that option, select the Use The Default SharePoint Form option, and your customized forms will no longer be the default.


I tried to solve this earlier in the week for someone, and I ended up having to recreate the list from scratch and copy over the data. Obviously, this approach is MUCH easier…

How do you get a home page when you open a SharePoint wiki library?

In short, you make sure there’s a page out there named… Home.

I had a question today related to clicking on a SharePoint wiki library link. The customer wanted the library to open up to a home page, not a view of all the pages in the wiki library. Sounded easy enough, especially when she also sent me a link to a site where someone was doing just that.

Being a dev/tech person, I’m looking for settings for the library to set her Intro page to be the library home page. However, everything I tried would end up setting the Intro page to the SITE home page, not just the wiki library home page.

After considerable searching, I found a passing reference to a behavior that I didn’t know (and I admit I’m not a huge wiki fan). Apparently, if you open a SharePoint wiki library, it will attempt to open a page actually called Home. If it doesn’t find one, it opens the AllPages view of the wiki library.

I tossed a Home page out there, and voila… the library opened to that page. I then asked her to change her Intro page and rename it to Home. Worked like a dream…

Sometimes, we techies over-complicate simple things. 🙂