This multipart series of articles is intended to help you get ramped up with SharePoint customizations. It's about modifying the default SharePoint user experience, list forms customization, branding, skinning SharePoint portals, etc. When I looked around the “SharePoint Landscape”, I noticed the lack of documented experiences in the SharePoint customization area, and thus this multipart series of articles was born.
Trick #1 : Hiding the List View Toolbar Menu Items!
I've gone through SharePoint projects on different scales; a common requirement among most of these projects is hiding some menu items that are implemented by default within the framework of SharePoint. The obvious choice from the SDK is HideCustomAction! After digging through the web, I found out the following:
- The "HideCustomAction" feature can merely hide the items which have been rendered through the "CustomAction" framework features such as Site Actions and Site Setting etc.
- The ListViewWebPart menu items (New menu, Upload menu, Actions menu, … etc.) are rendered through a class library as a web control from the Microsoft.SharePoint.dll, so they can't be hidden through the "HideCustomAction" feature.
hideListViewToolbarItems("Edit in Datasheet", "export to Spreadsheet",
"view rss feed","settings:create view");
var menuItemNames=new Array("edit in datasheet",
"open with windows explorer",
"connect to outlook",'export to spreadsheet','view rss feed','alert me'
,"create column","settings:create view","list settings",
"document library settings","explorer view","all documents",
"all items","modify this view",
"view:create view","new document",
"new item","new folder","upload document",
"upload multiple documents");
var menuItems = new Array("EditInGridButton",
var allMenuItems = document.getElementsByTagName('ie:menuitem');
for(var i = 0; i < hideListViewToolbarItems.arguments.length; i++ )
for (j=0; j < menuItemNames.length; j++)
menuItemIndex = j;
for (var l = 0; l < allMenuItems.length; l++)
menuItemName = menuItemName.split(":");
&& allMenuItems[l].text.toLowerCase() == menuItemName)
var parentNodeOfMenuItem = allMenuItems[l].parentNode;
You can use this function to hide any menu item rendered in the ListViewWebPart toolbar which is used in the list view pages. Just call the function and pass the menu item names (comma separated) as they appear in the toolbar, ignoring the case. Only one exception to that: when you need to hide "Create View" which appears twice, once in "List Settings", and then in the view selector. In order to resolve this conflict, just call the function as follows:
hideListViewToolbarItems("settings:create view") or
Ayman El-Hattab is a Regional Technology Solution Professional focusing on helping software professionals and organizations build better SharePoint Solutions using Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) technologies and tools. Ayman has been in this role since 2010 and has presented at many conferences all over the Middle East & Africa about ALM, SharePoint, C#, asp.net and Business Intelligence technologies. Ayman is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional [SharePoint MVP] , ALM Ranger, published author and an enthusiastic speaker who enjoys working with the online and offline developer communities all over the world. Ayman is the founder of MEA ALM Community & SharePoint4Arabs, community lead at Egypt SharePoint User Group and an organizer of several SharePoint Saturday events. Outside of work, Ayman can be found watching soccer games, playing xbox or watching documentary movies.