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JavaScript Tips for SharePoint

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I’ve gatherered a few productive tips for using JavaScript within SharePoint. The below commands can be used within webparts etc. or directly in the browser’s address field while you’re on a SharePoint page, like this:

Putting javascript: in front of your script snippet will fire it right there and then.

These commands are neither terribly advanced nor applicable on all pages, but they make for a useful reference all the same. I aim to continually update this page with new content so if you have any JavaScript tips, feel free to drop them in the comments.


Edit an application page: MSOLayout_ToggleLayoutMode()

This enables edit mode on SharePoint’s application pages, like EditForm.aspx, DispForm.aspx etc. so you can insert web parts above or below the normal content:


Pop-up an alert with the User ID og the logged-in user: alert(_spUserId)



Enable the Edit toolbar: javascript:__doPostBack(‘ctl00$PlaceHolderTopNavBar$SiteActionsMenuMain$ctl00$wsaShowMenu_CmsActionControl’,’reviewPage’)

Simply enables the toolbar where you can access the page edit functions:



Hide the Edit toolbar: __doPostBack(‘ctl00$PlaceHolderTopNavBar$SiteActionsMenuMain$ctl00$wsaHideMenu_CmsActionControl’,’exitMenu’)

No prizes for guessing this one.


Show help: TopHelpButtonClick(‘NavBarHelpHome’)

Pops up the built-in help page. Interestingly, you can try this on Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference web site:

Written by Thomas Sondergaard

March 23, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Posted in Development

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  1. Hello Thomas,

    Let me start by saying i’m not a developer, so this may be a basic question. I would like on the edit form page to highlight certain fields in a different color to bring attention on the items users need to update. I think this can be done in Designer, but I would like to see if there is a javascript option available. Thanks for your assistance.


    June 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm

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