I need to display a list from a parent (really the site collection) on a sub-site. I've found multiple answers referencing this link. However, this post is from 2012 and discusses a solution for SharePoint 2010.

Does this still work in SharePoint 2016 (on-premise)? If not, is there a replacement solution?


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To show list view from Parent site at subsite in SP 2013 / 2016, You have two options

  1. Using Data View Web Part
  2. Using Content Query Web Part

(1) Using Data View Web Part

  • Open your Parent site via SharePoint Designer 2013.
  • Go to File Site Pages > Create a new Page > Edit in advanced mode.
  • From the above ribbon > Insert > Data View > Select the list that you need to show on the subsite.

In case the data view is disabled check DATAVIEW IS DISABLED IN SHAREPOINT DESIGNER 2013

  • Once the Data view add, from the above ribbon > List View Tool > Web Part > Click on To Site Gallery.

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In case you are missing List View Tool check MISSING LIST VIEW TOOLS IN SHAREPOINT DESIGNER 2013

  • Make sure that you clicked on Yes at the below dialog to make sure that it will show the list data from the parent site URL

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  • Now open your subsite > Create a new page > edit the page > add new web part > At Miscellaneous category > the exported data view web part should be listed > Add it.

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To show Toolbar > Edit your web part > and select Show ToolBar not Full toolbar

(2) Using Content Query Web Part

In case you need to query data from a parent site, you can use the Content Query Web Part as a supported OOTB solution.

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Note: The CQWP is only available in Publishing Template or SharePoint Server Publishing feature activated,


  • Open your Page > Click on Add web Part > below Content Rollup > Add Content Query Web Part .
  • Click to open the tool pane to edit
  • At Query section, > at Show items from the following list: > click browse to browse any list from any site below your site collection.
  • Select the list that you need from the parent site.

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Now you just need to show the CQWP as Grid with your required column, in this case, check this article SharePoint Content Query web part like a SharePoint List View

If you don't have Publishing Template, you will need to

  • Activate SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure at the site collection feature.

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  • Activate SharePoint Server Publishing at the site feature.

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But you should note that activating these features will lead to missing the Save site as a template. For more details check MISSING SAVE SITE AS TEMPLATE IN SHAREPOINT


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