I have a Web Part which links to a list.

I'm not sure if this is the standard, but the developers have hard linked the list to the web part so that this particular list is set as a default of sorts. However, I deleted the list because it was dummy content.

When I click on "open the tool pane" to configure the Web Part and select another list I get the error

COMException (0x81020026): List does not exist

The page you selected contains a list that does not exist. It may have been deleted by another user.

Considering I can't restore the item from the recycling bin as it is no longer there, is there still a way around this?

Note the site is locked down so I can't edit the Web Part myself in an IDE.


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To get around the error try exporting the web part and opened it in notepad. There will be an entry:

<property name="ListGuid" type="string">280569DE-6723-4840-BF61-75F02E4226DC</property>

Deleted this line, as there is another line which specifies the List name:

<property name="ListName" type="string">LIST NAME</property>

The same situation can occur with the DataView Web Parts also and the solution is:

1) Export the web part

2) Edit it in notepad

3) Replace the list GUID (after ListID) with the name of the list

4) Replace all occurances of "ListID" with "ListName"

  • How do I import it back into the site once I have made the changes above?
    – going
    Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 22:23
  • Also, the words "GUID" or the actual GUID e.g. "280569DE-6723-4840-BF61-75F02E4226DC" only appear on that one line in the document. I'm confused at what I should be replacing and I also don't know what you mean by replace with "Column names"?
    – going
    Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 22:26
  • With FilterField1 it shows like this: <property name="FilterField1" type="string" /> no GUID or ProductTypeKey
    – going
    Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 22:27
  • what kind of Web part is it? Is it CQWP or Dataview Web part? Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 22:29
  • Here is the way to import and export web part community.bamboosolutions.com/blogs/sharepoint_blank/archive/… Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 22:31

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