I am using SharePoint 2016 On Premises. I am currently unable to use SharePoint Designer to create any custom form (NewForm, EditForm, DispForm). If I try I get the following error (Could not Save the list changes to the server). That is the only error I get, nothing in the SharePoint logs. I have read that this has been removed from SharePoint Online but I am using SharePoint On Premises. Is it possible that this removal has affected my on premise setup? If so how do I get it back? Thanks.

  • Are you using modern or classic SharePoint? Apr 30 '21 at 15:13
  • I'm using On Premise SharePoint 2016, classic. Also it's affecting every list, I cannot create a new form (edit, display) on any list. This also affects our Development and production environment. Apr 30 '21 at 15:47

Are there lookup columns in the list? Have you made any changes to the SharePoint server recently(upgrade/update)?

1.Try to install SharePoint Designer Service Pack 1.

Download 32-bit Edition: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42015

Download 64-bit Edition: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42009

2.Try to install SharePoint Designer 2013 on another client machine and test on it.

3.Please refer to following article to clear SharePoint Designer 2013 cache:

How to Clear Your SharePoint Designer 2010/2013 Cache

4.Restart the server.

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  • Hi Emily, this got it working on most lists though I am still having the same issue with one list that does have lookups. I read elsewhere this problem could happen if lookups are looking to a another location that doesn't exist but that's not the problem. All the lookups are pointing to the correct locations and all lookups work. May 3 '21 at 15:35

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