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I'm always extremely paranoid when it comes to renaming / changing standard "objects" like views or fields within SharePoint.

I have received a request to rename the title of the AllItems.aspx-view of a dozen document libraries.

Is it safe to change the title (not the URL) of that view from "All Documents" to "Folder View" for example?

Or is renaming these OTB-views violating some best practices or does it even break some internal functions?

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I don't think this is a problem. Otherwise you could create a new View which looks the same as AllItems.aspx, set this as default view and give it your desired title.

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  • I'd like to keep the number of views for the end user to a minimum. So cloning the view would be the second best option :)
    – jcp
    Aug 12, 2015 at 11:46
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It is even best practice to title the (New) View first with a URL save name (without spaces) eg: AllDocuments

That way a readable URL is created: /AllDocuments.aspx (instead of /All%20Documents.aspx)

Then edit the View again and set the Title to: All Documents

So yes, it is perfectly safe to edit Titles

And it is safe to change the URL as well...

Even if you have used Links to your ASPX page somewhere else on Pages or in WebParts SharePoint will update all links automagically

Note: this only applies to content managed by SharePoint, if you use external JavaScript files with (hardcoded) Links; they will not be updated.
Unless...you put them in a Style Library where they become managed documents.

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  • You're talking about creating a new (custom) view, aren't you? I want to rename the title of the OOTB view "AllItems.aspx" ("All Documents") that comes with every document library. Please excuse me, if I have misunderstood your answer.
    – jcp
    Aug 20, 2015 at 13:51
  • Same applies to all existing (View) pages. I don't have code at hand; I suggest you use (search for) a Powershell script to dive into your sites and do the changes (but for some 50 sites or so it might be faster to do it by hand.. just go get 5 black coffees and go get Carpal Tunnel Syndrom in two hours). Or use TamperMonkey/GreaseMonkey to trigger a automatic rename on any EditView.aspx page. Aug 20, 2015 at 14:19

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