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Can’t update record in datasheet view

Here’s a simple one, but it underscores how important good error messages are.

You are in SharePoint 2010 on a task list and you are attempting to update the task status and other columns using the datasheet view.  You get an error:

“An unexpected error has occurred.  Changes to your data cannot be saved.  For this error, you can retry or discard your changes.”

You are presented with the following dialog.

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Not very helpful, huh?

No matter how many times you retry your changes, you get the same general error. 

So you try to update the item using a standard SharePoint form and you receive an error with a little more meat.

“This item cannot be updated because it is locked as read-only.”

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Now you are suddenly reminded that in-place records management is enabled!

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You check the Compliance Details for the item and find that you declared it as a record before Christmas and that has put a read-only lock on the item.

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You also find your memory is mush from the holidays.  There is no solution for that.

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2 Responses to “Can’t update record in datasheet view”


  1. 1 kevin
    February 3, 2011 at 12:07 am

    what happens if you cannot undeclare the record …! that is my situation there is something messed up with the record and i can’t find a way to delete it…


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