How to edit a page that has no “Edit Page” menu option in WSS / MOSS

Hi all.

I recently discovered Paul’s Blog and was very interested in his article explaining how to hide page components using JavaScript and deploying the functionality as a feature. In part 3 of the 6-part article, Paul demonstrates a way of exposing Administrative pages in "edit mode" view – a problem I have had every now and again, but I was unaware there was a solution for it except to crack the page open in SP Designer.

Once you are at the page you want to add a web part to, add the following to the URL:

To change everyone’s view of a particular page, append ?PageView=Shared&ToolPaneView=2 to the URL.

To change your private view of a particular page, append ?PageView=Personal&ToolPaneView=2 to the URL (this will only work on pages that allow you to have a personal view – to see if you can edit a personal view of a page, go to the page and click on the top right context menu beside the "Welcome, <your name>" link to see if there’s a menu option called "Personalise this page").

More info on the URL switches can be found here – – they relate to 2003, but they all seem to work on 2007 as well.

I keep searching for this using google search and failing to find it, so now I’m going to flood it with keywords in the hope it comes up next time I need this string… admin flyout menu page view querystring tool pane shared personal 🙂



About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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3 Responses to How to edit a page that has no “Edit Page” menu option in WSS / MOSS

  1. Unknown says:

    This is always so helpful – I keep forgetting WHAT the URL is to do this (I\’ve known about it for years) but I also keep forgetting what to Google when I need to find it again.  Today I found your blog.  (hint: the google search terms I used were \’append url sharepoint document library view edit mode\’)
    For my particular need, I want to add a list web part to the left of the main explorer/list view of a document library so people can have a form web part or connection to the document library view to see specific documents.  For example, if you have a list of customers and you also have a document library with a column of "customer name", selecting the customer name from the list on the left will filter the list of documents on the right.
    So now I re-know how to go into edit mode; all that remains is how to add another zone on the allitems.aspx view page so I can actually have the list web part on the left instead of on the top 🙂

  2. Brad says:

    Hey Wayne, glad I could help. That\’s basically why I run this blog – to help me keep track of all those little things that are so annoying to forget, but forget them I will 🙂
    Have you looked at creating a modified master page with a new zone using SP Designer to solve the last problem you mention? Gotta admit, I have not spent much time modding up pages, but I reckon you\’d be able to make it work. Just crack open the master page for the allitems.aspx and have a fiddle I suppose.
    Good luck!

  3. Nick says:

    this saved my life lol – THANK YOU for the tip

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