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Troubleshooting Default Views

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When you customize lists, document libraries, and discussion boards in your Web site based on SharePoint™ Team Services from Microsoft, you can choose which view to display automatically when a user follows a hyperlink to the list, document library, or discussion board. You can also delete views that you no longer use. There are some exceptions, however, for views that can be default views and for views that can be deleted.

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I can't make a view the default view
I can't delete the default view

I can't make a view the default view

In some cases, there are views of lists, document libraries, discussion boards, or surveys that cannot be configured as the default view, unless you use a Web site editor such as Microsoft FrontPage® 2002. These special views are as follows:

  • Events list: Calendar view

  • Document libraries: Folder view

  • Discussion boards: Expanded view

  • Surveys: all views

To set a special view as the default using FrontPage 2002

  1. In FrontPage 2002, on the File menu, click Open Web, and in the Web name box, type the URL of your Web site, and then click Open.

  2. In the Folder List, right-click the document library folder, survey folder, or list folder where you want to change the default view.

    Note: The folders for the Events list, discussion boards, and surveys are stored in the Lists folder.

  3. Click Properties, and then click the Supporting Files tab.

  4. In the Default view page box, select the file you want to use as the default view, according to the following table:

For this view...

Select this file

Events, Calendar

Calendar.htm

Document Library, Folder

WebFldr.htm

Discussion Board, Expanded

Expanded.htm

Survey, Overview

Overview.htm

Survey, Graphical Summary

Summary.htm

Survey, All Responses

Allitems.htm

I can't delete the default view

To delete the default view, you must set a different view as the default view and then delete the view you don't want. If there is only one view, you must create a new one, set it as the default view, and then delete the view you don't want.

To delete the default view when there are other views available

  1. On the page that displays the list, document library, or discussion board, click Modify settings and columns.

  2. Under Views, click the name of a view other than the default view.

  3. Select the Make this the default view check box, and at the bottom of the page, click OK.

  4. On the Customize page for the list, document library, or discussion board, under Views, click the name of the view you want to delete.

  5. At the bottom of the page, click Delete.

To delete a view when there is only one view available

  1. On the page that displays the list, document library, or discussion board, click Modify settings and columns.

  2. Under Views, click Create a new view.

  3. Select the Make this the default view check box, enter the remaining information to create the view, and then at the bottom of the page, click OK.

  4. On the Customize page for the list, document library, or discussion board, under Views, click the name of the view you want to delete.

  5. At the bottom of the page, click Delete.

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