Open SharePoint non custom pages in edit mode

Posted: April 6, 2010 in Custom Form

We know most of the content in a SharePoint page are webparts. If you want to add a new webpart  in the page we normally use

Site Actions -> Edit Page

But in some cases the pages are not editable ie you will not find the Edit Page option in Site Actions menu (For example NewForm.aspx). In these cases you will try to edit the page in SharePoint Designer and add a webpart. But if you notice the page you opened in designer it also has a webpart (in our case List Form webpart in NewForm.aspx) in a webpart zone. So why cant we add a webpart to the same zone from the browser. Yes you can! You can get the edit mode of the page by just adding the below name value pair to the query string of the current page.

ToolPaneView=2


Example: http://servername/lists/listname/NewForm.aspx?ToolpaneView=2

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