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I've created a site template. Within this template I've set all forms to launch in a dialog, via List Settings, Advanced Settings, Dialogs, Launch forms in Dialog?, Yes. However, when I create a new site from the template, all list default back to No. Is there a way to set the default for the entire site to launch in dialog? I've got about 40 lists and will be creating about 30 subsites with this template. Having to go and set each list on each site will be tedious.

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You can do that for all lists/library within your site by setting NavigateForFormsPages to false via PowerShell.

  • Open SharePoint Management Shell as Administrator.

  • Run the following script line by line

$web = Get-SPWeb -Identity http://rootsite/subsite
foreach ($list in $web.Lists)  { $list.NavigateForFormsPages = $false; $list.Update(); }

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where false indicates that the list form page is launched in a modal dialog

For more details check SPList.NavigateForFormsPages property

  • Ah, frikking excellent! :) – Cthulhubutt Sep 15 '16 at 11:37
  • This worked for me thanks very much - Side note for everyone, you need to login to the server as the farm account or you might get a permission denied error. – Jordan Jul 17 '17 at 17:35
  • @Jordan You are welcome , please don't forget to upvote the helpful answers thanks :) – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Jul 17 '17 at 20:20
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I am not aware of any global setting that would sort you out.

If that's not possible, the next logical step would be to automate the process by using PowerShell.

You would have to grab the web you created using the template, then get collection of all lists.

After you have that, iterate through the collection of list objects, update list settings so that all forms launch in dialog.

I know it's not ideal but with SharePoint, if there's no solution fitting issue like yours, you can pretty much at least automate it and cut the "finger-to-keyboard" shock ratio quite a lot.

Here's a SharePoint 2013 PowerShell overview:

Use Windows PowerShell to administer SharePoint 2013

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