One of the lists I've created is defaulted with this interface:

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I want it to be able to default with "new item or edit this list" instead as such:

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  • Have you added items to this list? I've noticed that it automatically goes into the "edit" mode when there are no items in the list but once you populate it, it should go to the "new item or edit this list" by default.
    – anonymous
    Jan 10, 2017 at 16:27
  • Yes, we have quite a few actually. Jan 10, 2017 at 16:29
  • What about removing the Quick Edit functionality altogether?
    – anonymous
    Jan 10, 2017 at 16:36
  • I need a more tailor-fit fix for this issue other than disabling features that are enabled out of the box because newer lists that I create don't have this issue, but my current list that's bugged has a lot of data that I'll have to migrate over to a new list which I don't want to do unless last resort Jan 10, 2017 at 17:57

2 Answers 2


This usually happens when you create a list by exporting data from a Microsoft Excel table. It creates a datasheet view as default view and that is why the "stop editing" shows as default.

To change that, create an entirely new view (not based on the existing default view). Select "standard" as view type, pick the fields you want to show and make sure to select the check box "make default view".

PS--- some terms may not be exactly as it is on SharePoint. Will edit this answer when I have access to my SharePoint site. Thanks.


Edit the View in SharePoint Designer.
Locate this line:

<View Name="{Your GUID}" DefaultView="TRUE" MobileView="TRUE" MobileDefaultView="TRUE" Type="GRID"

Change Type="GRID"
To Type="HTML"


<View Name="{Your GUID}" DefaultView="TRUE" MobileView="TRUE" MobileDefaultView="TRUE" Type="HTML" 

Save your changes, navigate back to SharePoint and fresh the page.

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