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October 01
SharePoint Troubleshooting 101: Post #2 SharePoint URL Tricks & Treats

In the first post to this series, I reviewed some of the basics for gathering all the facts needed to begin troubleshooting an issue.  Once you clearly define the issue, that’s when you will need to have your tools ready and waiting.   Well ladies and gentlemen it’s now time to start filling up that toolbox! 

One of my very favorite tools to use when troubleshooting any version of SharePoint is being able to manipulate the URL string.  I must use at least one of these URL tricks every single day when working with SharePoint.  Below are just a few URL extensions that I have compiled along the way. I have found each of these helpful at one time or another when troubleshooting differing scenarios.

1. Site Contents and Structure menu


2. Create New content menu


3. Recycle Bin


4. Enable SharePoint designer


5. Select the default Welcome Page for the site


6. Change Site Master Page


7. Page Layouts and Site Templates


8. Master Pages library


9. Manage Site Features


10. Open Page in Edit Mode


11. Add Web Part by Gallery menu


12. Add Web Part by Search


13. Taxonomy Hidden List


14. Site Settings Menu


15. User Information List:


16. Web Part Maintenance Page:


17. Show Page in Dialog View:


18. Get the version of the SharePoint server (Patch level):


 19. Application page for registering SharePoint apps


20. Save Site as a template


21. Personal Page View


22. Shared Page View


23. Site Libraries and Lists


24. Sign in as a different user


All of these string extensions may not be 100% supported in your specific environment, but they do all appear to work in all versions of SharePoint (2007, 2010 & 2013).  In SP 2013, the URL extensions above will automagically modify with the /15/ path addition. Also, these extensions will not give you or other users’ permissions to see information or make modifications that are not already granted in the environment. One other quick caveat before we go; if you’re not sure how to use these URL amendments then you may want to steer clear until you’re more familiar with SharePoint’s configuration in general.

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