Is there a way to find out if a page is in Edit Mode from JavaScript?

I know server-side can be found using SPContext.Current.FormContext.FormMode but I can't find any means of doing it from JavaScript.

13 Answers 13


Looks like you're looking for MSOLayout_InDesignMode

var inDesignMode = document.forms[MSOWebPartPageFormName].MSOLayout_InDesignMode.value;

if (inDesignMode == "1")
    // page is in edit mode
    // page is in browse mode

This will refer to value of the following html input control, which is rendering on the page when it is in edit mode:

<input type="hidden" name="MSOLayout_InDesignMode" id="MSOLayout_InDesignMode" value="1" />

Update: for wiki pages, you will need _wikiPageMode parameter:

var wikiInEditMode = document.forms[MSOWebPartPageFormName]._wikiPageMode.value;
if (wikiInEditMode == "Edit")
    // wiki page is in edit mode
    // wiki page is not in edit mode
  • Hello @omlin thanks for your quick response. However for some reason this returns always empty regardless of the page mode, any ideas? am I doing anything wrong? I am testing in a standard team site homepage
    – Renzo
    Commented May 16, 2011 at 14:48
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    I've tested on empty site template. Now I see: this method doesn't work for wiki pages, but for simple pages and webpart pages it works. Commented May 16, 2011 at 15:41
  • I've updated my answer with solution for wiki pages. Note: this was NOT tested for publishing pages.. Commented May 16, 2011 at 15:52
  • i know little about sharepoint, but i think that if (inDesignMode = "1") is a typo :P
    – gion_13
    Commented May 16, 2011 at 20:38
  • This works! thanks @omlin also there is a javascript method available on wiki page called MSOLayout_IsWikiEditMode() which returns true or false. Anyway this is the right answer too! cheers
    – Renzo
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 9:54

Returns true or false. I use this in publishing pages.

  • works for SharePoint 2013 December CU
    – Bogdan M.
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 15:32
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    This should be the accepted answer. This is a documented function. All other answers are hacks. Commented Apr 25, 2015 at 18:59
  • This is the only working solution for me and also the cleanest in my opinion. Should be best practice to use the pagestate handler. Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 10:50
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    After some tests, the PageState Handlers seem to get initialized very late. So the accepted answer is defenitely worth to consider als a solution. Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 10:20
  • There is a timing issue with this solution. On page load it gives you wrong answer, you have to for some time. Check this: 1stquad.com/sharepoint-kompetenz-erfahrung-know-how/blog/…
    – Serhiy
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 12:28

There is also a global object available called 'PageState'. Among the various members of state information is "ViewModeIsEdit". If the value of this member is "1" then you are in edit mode (e.g. PageState.ViewModeIsEdit === "1").

Note: This variable is initialized after sp.ribbon.js gets loaded and is initialized from the _spBodyOnLoadFunctionNames array on body load. So if you plan on using this and need to query a value as soon as the page loads, you will need to do a check to see if the object exists yet.

  • this worked for me SP 2010, IE11 Commented Aug 26, 2014 at 22:56
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    Based on this, I went with 'PageState' in window && window['PageState'].ViewModeIsEdit == 1 (and exactly like that to get around TypeScript warnings)
    – bdimag
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 19:04
  • +1 for the Typescript warning addition @bdimg
    – CeeMoney
    Commented Aug 25, 2018 at 6:01

If you're using publishing pages there is a simple solution to execute javascript only in display (or edit) mode. You can use EditModePanel control to render html depending on the display mode (display or edit). Here is an example:

<PublishingWebControls:EditModePanel ID="EditModelPanel1" runat="server" PageDisplayMode="Edit">
    <h1>You are in EDIT mode</h1>
    <!-- Place you're javascript for execute only in edit mode -->

<PublishingWebControls:EditModePanel ID="EditModelPanel2" runat="server" PageDisplayMode="Display">
    <h1>You are in DISPLAY mode</h1>
    <!-- Place you're javascript for execute only in display mode -->

I hope this can help you.


Declare the javascript variable "IsInPageEditMode" on master page at top as below...

<script type="text/javascript">
    var _fV4UI = true;
    var IsInPageEditMode = false;

Insert the below mention code immediate after the above code...

<PublishingWebControls:EditModePanel runat="server" id="EditModePanelJSNone">
     <script type="text/javascript">
        IsInPageEditMode = true;

Now you can use JavaScript variable IsInPageEditMode whenever you want it...

I am using this code in my existing various applications. We dont face any problem till date. If you face any problem please let me know.... Thanks....

Hope this will help you....


Using JQuery

if($("#MSOLayout_InDesignMode").attr('value')== "1")

  • This works fine. Not sure why you got down voted. Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 15:20

I have this question many times and bored while trying to find good solution. Dont understand why microsoft not include method which can easy determine mode of display page: display or edit. It have many advices of check different variables, but it cant uniquely say that page in design on different type of page(webpart page and wiki page) and on postback or not.

Is finally tired me and i write this:

    public static bool IsDesignTime()
        if (SPContext.Current.IsDesignTime) return true;

        if (HttpContext.Current.Request.QueryString["DisplayMode"] != null)
            return true;

        var page = HttpContext.Current.Handler as Page;

        if(page == null) return false;

        var inDesign = page.Request.Form["MSOLayout_InDesignMode"];
        var dispMode = page.Request.Form["MSOSPWebPartManager_DisplayModeName"];
        var wikiMode = page.Request.Form["_wikiPageMode"];
        var we = page.Request.Form["ctl00$PlaceHolderMain$btnWikiEdit"];

        if (inDesign == null & dispMode == null) return false; //normal display

        if (we == "edit") return true; //design on wiki pages

        if (page is WikiEditPage & page.IsPostBack & inDesign == "" & dispMode == "Browse" & wikiMode == "") return false; //display wiki on postback

        if (inDesign == "" & dispMode == "Browse" & (wikiMode == null | wikiMode == "")) return false; //postback in webpart pages in display mode

        if (inDesign == "0" & dispMode == "Browse") return false; //exiting design on webpart pages

        return true;

I hope this will save someone some time and nerves.

  • Ok, but this is C# not JavaScript, question was specific to JS
    – Bogdan M.
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 15:32

How about checking the ID parameter at the query string if there then you are in edit mode

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    Welcome to SharePoint! While this post may answer the question, we prefer more details such as "why". Please edit your post with additional details. See How to Answer for general guidelines.
    – Kit Menke
    Commented Aug 15, 2011 at 20:41
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    When you edit a page and then save it, the Query String parameters persist, so using the Query String wouldn't actually tell you whether or not you are in edit mode definitively. Commented May 7, 2012 at 15:25

There must be a bug with the Team site template in SharePoint 2010. This template is the only one where the hidden property MSOLayout_InDesignMode does not change to '1' when you switch to Edit/Design mode. It never has a value. Consequently, I have not been able to detect edit mode in a team site. For me, my issue is that I have some Jquery code to leverage Typekit functionality (more graphical fonts using CSS) and when this runs in edit mode, it causes a sp.ui.rte.debug.js access denied error, which in turn prevents any of the ribbon drop downs (e.g. font) from working.

  • Hi Alan, the Default page for the team site is a wikipage so you should try @omlin second suggestion document.forms[MSOWebPartPageFormName]._wikiPageMode.value, hope this helps
    – Renzo
    Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 16:32
  • Also @Matt-Dempsey suggestion works well!
    – Renzo
    Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 16:36
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    While this post may answer the question, we prefer more details such as "why". Please edit your post with additional details. See answer for general guidelines.
    – SPDoctor
    Commented Mar 10, 2012 at 10:23

I just use this handy javascript function...

function IsDesignMode() {
    var inDesign = document.forms[MSOWebPartPageFormName].MSOLayout_InDesignMode;
    if (inDesign != null && inDesign.value == "1") return true;

    var dispMode = document.forms[MSOWebPartPageFormName].MSOSPWebPartManager_DisplayModeName;
    if (dispMode != null && dispMode.value == "Edit") return true;

    return false;

SP.Ribbon.PageState is commonly used to perform specific actions based on the state. isInEditMode() is used to determines whether the page is currently being edited.

var InEditMode = SP.Ribbon.PageState.Handlers.isInEditMode();


       // page in edit mode

This has worked for me for many years on publishing/non-publishing pages/everywhere. Just another option to add to the already large list added here.

this.inEditMode = function () {
  var result = (window.MSOWebPartPageFormName != undefined) && ((document.forms[window.MSOWebPartPageFormName] && document.forms[window.MSOWebPartPageFormName].MSOLayout_InDesignMode && ("1" == document.forms[window.MSOWebPartPageFormName].MSOLayout_InDesignMode.value)) || (document.forms[window.MSOWebPartPageFormName] && document.forms[window.MSOWebPartPageFormName]._wikiPageMode && ("Edit" == document.forms[window.MSOWebPartPageFormName]._wikiPageMode.value)));
  return result || false;

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