Thursday, December 4, 2014

SharePoint 2013: how to change the document library URL


Sometimes, you want or need to change a document library or list URL.  This can't be done using any feature available through the document library or list Settings page.  It can be done using SharePoint Designer.  This posting shows you how.  This posting is valid whether you are using SharePoint 2007, 2010 or 2013.  The same steps apply.

  1. Launch SharePoint Designer.
  2. Connect to the target site.
  3. In the Navigation panel, click All Files.
  4. Scroll down to the list or library.
  5. Right-click the list or library, and then select Rename.
  6. Enter the URL name for the list or library, and then press the ENTER key. 
    Once you press Enter, the URL name will be changed to what you entered, AND the list or library title will also be changed to the same thing.  That's OK: you can change the title later - but don't do it here.
  7. Click on the new  name that you entered.
  8. In the List Information group, look for the Name field, and then click it.
  9. Edit as desired, and then press the ENTER key. 
    Though it states Name, it actually only changes the Title of the list or library.
  • After changing the document library or list URL, it may take a few minutes for this changed to be propogated to your site navigation, whether managed or structural.  Don't worry: you may get Page not Found errors displayed in the browser if you click on the quicklink to the library.  Just wait a minute or two for navigation to be updated throughout the site.

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