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Apply CSS styles to SharePoint Web parts

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15 Nov 2012CPOL1 min read
Apply CSS styles to a web part only using out of the box features of SharePoint 2010.


In SharePoint we are using various types of web parts. List View web part are one of major type which uses to populate data on the web page from a SharePoint list. By default all the web parts of the page use the styles inherits from the site theme. 

Here I explain a simple workout to apply CSS styles to a web part only using out of the box features of SharePoint 2010. 


There are only 3 steps for you to follow.

  1. Get the ID of web part you wants to apply CSS style
  2. Add Content Editor web part
  3. Apply CSS style as you required 

Using the code

Step 1

  • Go to “view source” of the browser you are using and search for the web parts name. 
  • In my scenario, it’s “Emergency”.

    Image 1

  • Now grab the ID number mentioned there at the end of WebPartTitleWPQ2. “2” is the ID of “Emergency” web part in my web page. 

Image 2

Step 2

  • Now add a Content Editor Web Part by go to edit mode of the page.
  • Set the Chrome Type as None of the added Content Editor Web Part.

Step 3

  • Go to the edit mode of the Content Editor Web Part and click Edit HTML source 

Image 3

  • Then add the following CSS style and Save the changes   
<style type="text/css">
    /* === Title bar CSS === */
    /* TR - title bar for web part */
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-WPHeader
        background-color: pink;
    /*  H3 - Text in title bar of web part */
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-WPTitle A
        font-family: "Cambria";
        color: black;
        font-size: 16pt;
    /* TD – Left and right corner cells of title bar */
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-wpTdSpace
        background-color: green;
        width: 30px !important;
    /* web part check box of right side */
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-WPHeaderCbxHidden
        display: none;
    /* === Web part background CSS === */
    /*  TD - background for all except the title bar of web part */
        border-bottom: 5px dashed;
        border-left: 5px dashed;
        background-color: lightgreen;
        border-top: 5px dashed;
        border-right: 5px dashed;
    /* TD - paging area at the bottom */
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-bottompaging TD
        background-color: yellow;
    /* hide the gray line above "add new" link */
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-partline
        display: none;
    /* selected (clicked) web part background */
        border-bottom-color: red;
        background-color: fuchsia;
        border-top-color: red;
        border-right-color: red;
        border-left-color: red;
    /* === Column headings === */
    /* color for sortable column headings */
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-vh-div A
        color: red !important;
    /* color for non-sortable column headings */
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-vh-div
        color: red !important;
    /* === List text CSS === */
    /* item description text */
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-vb2
        color: red !important;
        font-size: 12pt;
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-vb-user A
        color: red !important;
        font-size: 12pt;
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-vb-title A
        color: red !important;
        font-size: 12pt;
    /*  TR - alternating rows of web part */
    #MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2 .ms-alternating
        background-color: Tan;

Finally it will looks like this  

Image 4

Points of Interest

Do the changes as you prefer. This will also useful for site branding and design attractive websites using SharePoint rather than using Themes.

Original blog post which wrote by me can find in my blog from this link.


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


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Eranda Ketawalage
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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
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