Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tips for custom EditForm and NewForm

First of all, if you create new custom page for editing or adding items, BASE IT OFF THE ORIGINAL EditForm.aspx or NewForm.aspx.
You do it by saving these files “AS”.

Second of all, DO NOT REMOVE THE ORIGINAL ListFormWebPart.
If you do it, you will not be able to set this page as the default edit or add page.
Even if you don’t create custom page, instead you modify the default once, when users are opening item for edit, they will be redirected to the home page of the portal.

The key is to hide the original ListFormWebPart and modify some properties in order for it not to be displayed and interfering with the submission of the custom List Form webPart that will be doing all the action.
Here are the properties that you will have to modify in the original ListFormWebPart:
1. <IsVisible>true</IsVisible> set it to <IsVisible>false</IsVisible>
2. <ControlMode xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WebPart/v2/ListForm">Edit</ControlMode>
3. <ControlMode xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WebPart/v2/ListForm">New</ControlMode>

set it to

<ControlMode xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WebPart/v2/ListForm">Display</ControlMode>



Neil Radulski said...

This doesn't work for me. The original editform.aspx works fine. I get "An unexpected error occurred." when I open my custom editform.aspx. One weird aspect is that after loading Designer SP1, when I click on web part properties for the default dataformwebpart, it opens up the familiar portrait style window but loads the displayform.aspx in that window. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Alex said...

Both these problems are also happening to me.

I traced down the route of the problem to lookup columns which have multiple values enabled. If I delete these from the custom page, it loads up fine. However I need to display these, so is causing me a headache.

On the SPD SP1 side - what a bizarre issue - the properties page does not display, rather the .aspx page does.

Natalya Voskresenskaya [SharePoint MVP] said...

I had exactly the same, there is some info on the web about this problem. Now that I'm thinking about it, I managed to work aroung it.. I forget how, it was a long time ago. some thing with mandatory fields, or something like library settings it's self

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