Page with no Edit button

There are some instances where a SharePoint page does display the ribbon so you are not able to Edit the page, this normally happens if the page is a web part page and not a standard wiki page. There are two ways to Edit this page, use SharePoint Designer or just add the following [?] switch at the end of the URL as demonstrated below. ?Mode=Edit&DisplayMode=Design

This should place the page in a design mode with Edit functionality

Other parameters that can be used are listed in the table below.

Add Web Parts/Browse ToolPaneView=2
Add Web Parts/Search ToolPaneView=3
Edit Mode mode=edit
View Mode mode=view
Shared Page View PageView=Shared
Personal Personal View PageView=Personal

So if you need to edit the Shared view of the default page, add the following parameters after the page extension.

or if you wanted to Browse web parts and add them to your Personal view:

and if you use the following ?contents=1 in query string(URL) it will put the page into webpart maintenance mode, where you will be able to update  or change a view of a webpart or even delete the webpart from the page.
This could help resolving issues if a page throws an error with regards to a webpart and does not load.

Thanks to Abstract Spaces for this information, and if you are like me that had some difficulties with calculating dates they have some wonderful information on this subject.


    • Reynaldo on April 22, 2013 at 04:15
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    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is needed to get set up? I’m assuming having a
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    1. Hi Reynaldo,
      sorry about the delay in getting back to you, so by now you must have the answer you are looking for, if not here is a start.
      There are a few ways to setting up your own blog and not all cost money, the quickest way would be to sign up at wordpress dot com. from there you can create a free wordpress blog and the quickest way to start. if you have or are intending to setup your own site, then you should register for an account with one of the hosting companies, I use iPage (link to signup on my home page), you can see their link on my home page, they only charge around $4 per month based on an anual purchase and renewal so the total for year one is around $48, then year 2 will go up to $6 per month so around $72 each year from then on. With unlimited storage and bandwidth i feel it is quite reasonable.
      Once registered they have web registrar services to register the domain of your choice, and a wizard to install your wordpress site, they also allow multiple sites at the same time.
      I trust that this helps.
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