Manage Webparts on WSS & MOSS … the easy way

December 4, 2009

Suppose you’ve run into a situation with a hidden “site actions” menu for some reason, and you want to modify the webparts on a webpart page… what would you do?

In this short & quick article i’ll show you a shortcut way to manage webparts in your MOSS site, with the use of URL query strings and parameters.

To open the Design Bar – Useful for pages in the Pages Library
http://www.yourwebsite.com/default.aspx?DisplayMode=Design

To turn on Web Part Zone Editing 
http://www.yourwebsite.com/default.aspx?ControlMode=Edit

To Correct or Remove Misbehaving Web Parts
http://www.yourwebsite.com/default.aspx?Contents=1

To Open the Page in Web Part Design Mode, or to add/browse webparts
http://www.yourwebsite.com/default.aspx?ToolPaneView=2

To Open the Search Web Part Zone, or to add/search webparts
http://www.yourwebsite.com/default.aspx?ToolPaneView=3

in addition, you could pass a second parameter to specify the pageview mode

Example(1) – if you wanted to edit the Shared view of the default page:
default.aspx?mode=edit&PageView=Shared

Example(2) – if you wanted to Browse web parts and add them to your Personal view:
default.aspx?ToolPaneView=2&PageView=Personal