I am working with SharePoint On premises environment.

I am facing a very strange issue while using the SharePoint site.

Whenever I open any URL it automatically insert following string the URL


Example, when I open Site Content, the URL should be like

http://URL:PORT NUMBER/_layouts/15/viewlsts.aspx

But it always takes as

http://URL:PORT NUMBER/_layouts/15/start.aspx#//_layouts/15/viewlsts.aspx

And due to this I always get the following message

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And when I remove the unwanted string then it works fine.

Any resolution to this or any reason why it always take the URL like this?


You are noticing the URL with _layouts/15/start.aspx because the feature Minimal Download Strategy is activated on your site.

If you don't want _layouts/15/start.aspx to be a part of your URL you need to deactivate Minimal Download Strategy feature available under Site Actions -> Manager Site Features

information about this feature you can explore here: http://www.wictorwilen.se/sharepoint-2013---introduction-to-the-minimal-download-strategy-mds

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  • This was really helpful... thank you. – Merete Oct 24 '19 at 7:47

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