Normally, we add a web part to the page. To edit the properties, we edit the page and click on "Edit Web Parts".

Can we open the Web Part properties page via a query string like we can open the web part in maintenance mode by appending "?Contents=1" at the page URL?

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You can open the page in edit mode by appending ?mode=edit, but you cannot specify which web part to show the tool pane for.

  • it does not work :( Jul 11, 2011 at 11:47
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    To clarify, Wictor is saying it is not possible to open the Web Part properties pane for a specific web part... only open the page in edit mode.
    – Kit Menke
    Jul 11, 2011 at 15:42

See if the answer posted here helps:

Editing default.aspx when Site Actions dropdown is hidden

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