SharePoint 2010 Managing Web Parts – Add, Move, Minimize, Restore and Resize Web Parts

There are different ways you can configure and manage Web Parts in SharePoint 2010. For example, you can use Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010, which is a free product from Microsoft, or you can edit it directly in the Web browser. In this blog, I’ll show you how to edit Web Part and preview the change in a quick and easy way.


Open the Web page

In Internet Explorer, open the Web page where you would like to edit the Web Part(s).


Duplicate the Web page

The reason for duplicating the tab is to preview the Web Part in an easy and fast way, especially when you resize a web part.

To duplicate the Web page, you can either press Ctrl + K or right click the tab, and then click Duplicate tab.


Now you can see two tabs of the same Web page:


Start editing mode


Assume we will edit multiple Web Parts, it’s better to edit the entire page. Choose one of the two tabs, to start page editing mode: Click Page, Click the dropdown button in the ribbon under Edit Page, click Edit Page. If you only wish to edit one Web Part, you can click on Web Part for editing without entering the Web page editing mode.


Notice that the editing mode interface is different from the browsing interface. Once edited, the change will be reflected here but it still looks different from a browsing view. That’s why the duplicated tab is the best way to preview changes:


Add a Web Part


Click Editing Tools, Click Insert, Click Web Part


Choose a category from the Categories List, then choose a Web Part you would like to add, and then click Add. You can also upload a Web Part by clicking Upload a Web Part:


Minimize, Move and Restore Web Parts


Click on the Web Part and drag it to the desired location. If the Web Parts are big and cannot fit on the screen, you can choose to minimize all the Web Parts, move them to the desired location, and then restore them to the original size:


Here’s how it looks like when all Web Parts are minimized:


Now you can easily drag and move them around:



After you are done repositioning them, you can restore the Web Parts:


Resize a Web Part

Click the down arrow on the upper right corner of the Web Part, click Edit Web Part:



The Web Part Tool Pane will appear on the right hand side of the screen.



You can expand each section configure the Web Part. In the following example, I expanded the Appearance section:


To change the height or width, click Yes and select a measurement unit from the dropdown lost (in this case Pixels), and then enter a value in the blank. For example:

Tip: Click Apply and go to the duplicated tab and refresh the page to preview the change.


After you are done with editing the Web Part, click OK and continue editing the other Web Parts.

After you are done with editing all the Web Parts, click Save & Close


Web Parts Maintenance

By adding “?contents=1” to the end of the URL of any page that contain Web Parts, you can go to the Web Parts Maintenance page. This page will allow you to select multiple Web Parts and Close, Reset, Delete, etc.


Great job! You’ve just learned how to Add, Minimize, Restore, Reposition, Edit and Resize Web Part and preview the change in a duplicated tab.

May 18, 2013


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