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Oct
12

Launch form in a dialog doesn’t work correctly when displaying a list in datasheet view

This was driving me nuts.  I had a custom list in SharePoint 2010 and I wanted the new item form to NOT open in a dialog.  No matter what I did, it kept opening in a dialog.

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Then I stumbled upon what was causing my issue!  Whenever the list was displayed in a datasheet view (which was my default), the new item form would always display in a modal dialog.

List displayed in datasheet view.

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Create a new entry…

 

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…and modal dialog is displayed (notice no master page "chrome”).

 

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Change to standard view…

 

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…and the form is opened up in single page mode (notice master page “chrome”).

 

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What’s up with that?

An interesting thing to note is this problem also exists with Calendar lists.  If you display a calendar list in anything other than a normal list view, the “Launch forms in a dialog” will not be respected when set to “No.” 

Again, if we set “Launch forms in a dialog” to “no” and view the calendar in “Calendar” view…

 

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…and attempt to create a new event while in this view…

 

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…the form opens in a dialog.

 

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If we change to the “All Events” view and attempt the same thing…

 

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The form is opened in a new page (no dialog).

 

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Perhaps this is the designed behavior, but if it is, I would recommend renaming the option to “Launch forms in a dialog when showing items in standard view.”

The description of the option would lead one to believe there might be times when a dialog would not be displayed when you would expect it to be displayed…not the other way around.

 

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I guess I shouldn’t be disappointed when I get “free” dialog forms.

 

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