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SharePoint Customization Tricks – Part 2

, 24 Jan 2009 CPOL
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Two more tricks for SharePointers :)


This multipart series of articles is intended to help you get ramped up with SharePoint customization. It's about modifying the default SharePoint user experience, list forms customization, branding, skinning SharePoint portals, etc. In Part 1, we introduced a generic function that can be used to hide the list view toolbar menu items (e.g., New Item, Upload, Edit in Grid view, etc.). If you haven't read it yet, I would encourage you to do that first. Here, I'll show you two other tricks for customizing the list form toolbar.

Trick #2: Hiding List Form Toolbar Menu Items!


Sometimes, you need to remove some items from the toolbar that appears at the top of DispForm.aspx. Unfortunately, the "HideCustomAction" feature can merely hide the items which have been rendered through the "Custom Action" feature framework such as Site Actions and Site Setting, so let's take the same approach we took in Part 1, which is delving back into the world of JavaScript, which I really find very handy when it comes to SharePoint customization.

The following function can be used to hide any toolbar item in dispform.aspx. Just call the function passing the names of the items comma separated (e.g., New Items, Alert Me, etc.). The function removes the items, and of course, the images rendered beside them (if found). Trick #3 will deal with where and how you can add the function to your list form.

hideFormMenuItems("New Item","Alert Me");
function hideFormMenuItems()
    var titleToHide="";
    var anchorTag;
    var allAnchorTags = document.getElementsByTagName('a');
    for(var i = 0; i < hideFormMenuItems.arguments.length; i++ )
        titleToHide = hideFormMenuItems.arguments[i];
        if(titleToHide!='Alert Me')
            for (var j = 0; j < allAnchorTags.length; j++)
                anchorTag= allAnchorTags[j];    

                if (anchorTag.title.indexOf(titleToHide)!=-1)
            for (var k=0; k < allAnchorTags.length;k++)
                anchorTag= allAnchorTags[k];
                if ("SubscribeButton")!=-1)

    var allSpanTags = document.getElementsByTagName("span");
    var spanTag;
    var toolbarRow;
    var lastCell;

    for(var m=0; m < allSpanTags.length;m++)
        spanTag = allSpanTags[m];
        toolbarRow = spanTag.childNodes[2].firstChild.firstChild;
        lastCell = toolbarRow.lastChild.previousSibling;
            lastCell = lastCell.previousSibling;
        if(lastCell.innerText == '|')

Kindly note that the function is case sensitive, so take care of the case the toolbar item names are rendered with.

Trick #3: Adding JavaScript Through CEWP!

The content editor Web Part gives you the ability to add any valid HTML on the Web Part page you place it in, and this surely includes <script> elements. The major advantage when using the content editor Web Part is that anyone with Designer permissions can do it quickly and easily.

Nice and easy, let's do it, just go to Site Actions, Edit Page!!


Where the heck is the Edit Page menu item?!! Just like the old version, it's not available, I’m still not sure why they did that!

Trick #3: Just append "&ToolPaneView=2" to the URL, and you will have DispForm.aspx in Edit Mode in your browser.


Add a content editor Web Part just below the Web Part that renders the list form, and insert the JavaScript of Trick #2 as shown in the figure below. (It's preferable to mark the content editor Web Part as hidden.)



Exit the edit mode…


Tremendous, we managed to hide "New Item" and "Alert Me". What about renaming "Edit Item" to "Edit Program" and removing "Delete Item" but leaving the small image (x)? That is what I'm going to cover in Trick #4 in the next part!


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Ayman M. El-Hattab
Egypt Egypt
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#, 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.
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralDoes not work with Google Chrome PinmemberJeffWG17-Jun-11 9:33 
Generalhide other items Pinmembercb1624x6-Oct-10 6:49 
QuestionCan this be used to hide Upload and Actions menu? Pinmembercolecg13-Sep-10 3:40 
Generaldon't know why, but... Pinmembercbennett51998-Mar-10 8:55 
QuestionHi it is working fine ..But when we will get Trick #4 from your side? PinmemberSuresh Kumar.A9-Sep-09 1:13 
AnswerRe: Hi it is working fine ..But when we will get Trick #4 from your side? PinmemberAyman M. El-Hattab9-Sep-09 1:58 
GeneralCant get it working Pinmemberjerseyden13-May-09 8:10 
GeneralRe: Cant get it working PinmemberAyman M. El-Hattab13-May-09 14:28 
GeneralRe: Cant get it working Pinmemberjerseyden13-May-09 21:21 
GeneralRe: Cant get it working PinmemberAyman M. El-Hattab13-May-09 22:47 
GeneralRe: Cant get it working Pinmemberjerseyden14-May-09 7:06 
GeneralRe: Cant get it working PinmemberAyman M. El-Hattab14-May-09 11:48 
QuestionRe: Cant get it working Pinmemberhpcdr24-Mar-10 21:00 
GeneralRe: Cant get it working Pingroupvimalkumarsinghal14-Sep-10 1:03 
GeneralIt works. PinmemberMember 14325688-Apr-09 1:07 
GeneralRe: It works. PinmemberAyman M. El-Hattab9-Apr-09 14:46 
GeneralProblem Pinmemberaudunms20-Mar-09 2:19 
GeneralHi ... the code is not working.... Pinmemberjacobsaumy14-Feb-09 23:18 
GeneralRe: Hi ... the code is not working.... PinmemberAyman M. El-Hattab25-Feb-09 1:13 
GeneralRe: Hi ... the code is not working.... Pinmemberaly_ashour25-Feb-09 22:33 
GeneralRe: Hi ... the code is not working.... PinmemberAyman M. El-Hattab25-Feb-09 22:41 
GeneralRe: Hi ... the code is not working.... Pinmemberaly_ashour25-Feb-09 23:10 
GeneralRe: Hi ... the code is not working.... Pinmemberaly_ashour26-Feb-09 1:39 
GeneralRe: Hi ... the code is not working.... PinmemberAyman M. El-Hattab28-Feb-09 0:06 
Hello Aly,
I think the problem is the position of the CEWP.
Add the CEWP After the list view web part and in case you want to use it in the master page, add it directly before the tag .
Ayman M. El-Hattab
Microsoft Certified SharePoint Specialist
ITWorx Egypt

GeneralRe: Hi ... the code is not working.... Pinmemberahmadzia67321-Jul-10 16:27 
GeneralRe: Hi ... the code is not working.... Pinmemberahmadzia67321-Jul-10 17:44 

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