Suddenly, the name of various lists like Announcements, Suggestions etc. on my Homepage has changed to Untitled ‭[1]‬, Untitled ‭[2]‬ and so on...

How could this happen?

Please help!!

3 Answers 3


If someone has added new instances of a list without naming it, the name of Untitled is provided and SharePoint adds the instance number ([1], [2], ...) to avoid duplicate names. This is often the result of someone accidentally hiding a web part (e.g. a calendar view) and then adding a new instance of it to the page rather than unhiding the existing one. What happens is that folks will use the icon to "Close" (or hide) and then they don't know how to get it back. To verify, edit the page so that the "add web part" links appear. When you are looking at the web part gallery, take the option to display hidden web parts. Make the hidden web parts visible again and then delete (not close or hide) the copies.

This may not be what you're seeing at all, but it is very similar to something I saw once at a client and this was the remedy.

  • This wouldn't have let to the names "suddenly" all being changed to Untitled. Jul 19, 2010 at 19:38
  • Good point, Mike. I know it's a shot in the dark. Just the first thing that popped in my head.
    – Rob Wilson
    Jul 19, 2010 at 19:44

I can't say that I have seen this before. I'm not sure what would cause that outside of a major system issue or direct updates to the database.

Have you tried editing the web part properties to reset the values? Is it only on the one site?


Found simple Solution -- Very close to what Rob suggested!! Open Web Part Maintenance page and DELETE the web parts which are not open or those which are showing errors. That's it!

Reach Web Part Maintenance page by adding '?contents=1' extension to URL of homepage of any department .

Example: http://yoursite/whatever/default.aspx?contents=1

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