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We want to change the name of a tab (subsite). How do we change the associated url when this is done to reflect the new name? This is Sharepoint 2010

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You can do this through the browser. Go to Title, Description and Icon in the site settings of the subsite and change it there.

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easily done via the browser like you say, easy to do and can really cause havoc if your users aren't expecting it :-) – Eric Alexander Jun 1 '12 at 1:00

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