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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

/_layouts/sitemanager.aspx

2. Create New content menu

/_layouts/create.aspx

3. Recycle Bin

/_layouts/recyclebin.aspx

4. Enable SharePoint designer

/_layouts/SharePointDesignerSettings.aspx

5. Select the default Welcome Page for the site

/_layouts/AreaWelcomePage.aspx

6. Change Site Master Page

/_layouts/ChangeSiteMasterPage.aspx

7. Page Layouts and Site Templates

/_Layouts/AreaTemplateSettings.aspx

8. Master Pages library

/_catalogs/masterpage/Forms/AllItems.aspx

9. Manage Site Features

/_layouts/managefeatures.aspx

10. Open Page in Edit Mode

?ToolPaneView=2&pagemode=edit

11. Add Web Part by Gallery menu

?ToolPaneView=2

12. Add Web Part by Search

?ToolPaneView=3

13. Taxonomy Hidden List

/Lists/TaxonomyHiddenList/AllItems.aspx

14. Site Settings Menu

/_layouts/settings.aspx?

15. User Information List:

/_catalogs/users/simple.aspx

16. Web Part Maintenance Page:

?Contents=1

17. Show Page in Dialog View:

?isdlg=1

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

/_vti_pvt/Service.cnf

 19. Application page for registering SharePoint apps

/_layouts/15/appregnew.aspx

20. Save Site as a template

/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx

21. Personal Page View

?PageView=Personal

22. Shared Page View

?PageView=Shared

23. Site Libraries and Lists

_layouts/mcontent.aspx

24. Sign in as a different user

/_layouts/closeConnection.aspx?loginasanotheruser=true

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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