Force Page Edit Mode in SharePoint

Slalom Consultant Maarten Sundman

Slalom Consultant Maarten Sundman specializes in .NET, SharePoint, and Silverlight solutions and has experience in the Financial Services, Software, and Utilities and Energy sectors.

by Maarten Sundman

On some SharePoint pages there is no simple way to get to the edit web page view to add/modify/remove web parts. However, SharePoint accepts a QueryString for opening a page in edit mode:


By adding this to the end of any URL where you have rights to edit the page you can then go ahead and edit the page to your hearts content. This is particularly useful when doing modifications to NewForm/EditForm without dissociating the page, or making your own form page.

– Maarten

7 Responses to Force Page Edit Mode in SharePoint

  1. Monika says:

    Thanks..very useful information.

  2. Sree V says:

    Thanks for the tip

  3. Thai says:

    Why don’t it working with chrome?

  4. Josh says:

    this does not work when you need to check out the page. why? and what can i use instead?
    I mean, it does put it in edit mode so i can see what webparts there are but when you add them it says the page is not checked out and fails.

    • Maarten Sundman says:

      You will need to check the page out from the ribbon or from the library containing the page. Forcing page edit mode does not check out the file.

  5. saas says:

    When I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments aare
    added- chheckbox and now every time a comment is
    added I rewcieve four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is a means you ccan remove me from that
    service? Appreciate it!

  6. basia says:

    Why does our sharpeoint open ok (ie in edit mode or view only) on some computers in our office and in others the same spreadsheet is in view only mode — we log in,,,log out..its always the same spreadsheets within our platform and only on certain computers–sorry if I am thick but am really and truly not a technical person at all!!can you help at all?

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