Change “Create New Item” message in list web parts

Normally when we create a SharePoint List before adding any new item you will find a default text stating no item is there. For example in announcements list you may find

There are no items to show in this view of the “Announcements” list. To create a new item, click “New” above.

That’s great. But what if the user is not having permission to create a new item or if you have removed the toolbar of the web part. Or think you have displayed an Announcement web part in your home page, asking the visitor to create a new announcement.

To change this default text displayed use the script below

function ChangeNewMessage()

var a = document.getElementsByTagName(“TD”)
for (var i=0;i<a.length;i++)
if (a[i].className==”ms-vb”)
if (a[i].innerText.indexOf(“
There are no items to show in this view of the “Announcements” list. “)>-1)
a[i].innerHTML = “Coming Soon..”;


You just want to change the “There are no items to show in this view of ” text for different lists.


16 thoughts on “Change “Create New Item” message in list web parts

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  1. Nice Tip! One thing; you need to break once you find the required TD and set the innerHTML.

    a[i].innerHTML = “Coming Soon..”;


  2. Where on the page do I place this script? I tried adding it to the page using SharePoint designer right after the Web Part zone ends, but the script never loads and doesn’t even appear in View Source of the page. Thanks

        1. Looks like WordPress screwed up the output of the code I put in. But your solution works. Thanks again 🙂

        2. I know this post is several years old, but it is very relevant to me now. Can you please explain how you “escaped the extra quotes inside the … statement” ? I think that is the problem I am currently having.

  3. Thanks for the scripts! But unfortunately it didn’t work on my sharepoint site. So what I did was open the site with Sharepoint Designer. In the Default.apsx page I searched for “There are no items to show in this view of” text in the code and replaced the text with the message I want to display e.g. “No new messages.” Works for all lists and calendar events.

    1. This script will be for that particular page where you have placed it.
      But changing default.aspx will affect all the lists in your site. But it works 🙂


  4. Hi !
    It works perfectly for me but I had to modify ” to ‘ .
    I’ve got a question : it works on Internet explorer but not on Firefox…Do you know if there is something to do ?

  5. Hello!
    I put this script into a Content Editor Web part, but it works only for the first List Web Part into the page. I have several List web parts into a page and I want to replace the text for everyone.
    What should I change in that script?

  6. You cannot just copy & paste the code from this site to your Sharepoint Content Editor Web Part. You have to replace all quotation masks, then it will work!

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