On SP Blogs, users are removing the blog tools web part from the default.aspx page. From what I've seen this isn't in the web part gallery (at least not in our environment). Is it possible to restore the web part without having to export it from another blog and saving it to the site's web part gallery?

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Are they deleting it or just closing it? Append ?contents=1 to the URL of your blog and see if it's just closed. If it is closed, then it can be put back on the page. You'll then want to go into the web part options and deselect the Allow Close option.

If it truely was deleted, you'd have to export it from another place and readd it. If you knew the sites where it was missing, you might be able to script something up with PowerShell to add it instead of going through the GUI to do it.

  • They're truly deleting the web part. I also tried copying the JS from another Blog Tools web part and pasting it in a CEWP, but it seems with that one-size doesn't fit all with the JS code, and users get funky titled posts and the Blog accounts keep copying (i.e. Blog, blog1, blog2 - but they're all for the same blog/URL).
    – SkinnyE
    Aug 24, 2011 at 13:12
  • Gah. I deleted this from my personal page thinking I could move it to another column. So it's gone forever? WTF Oct 14, 2014 at 19:53

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