I'm creating a solution using SharePoint 2010 that contains a list (list1) with a lookup column (list2_column) to another list (list2). The main view for list1 is grouped by list2_column. Both lists were created with NavigateForFormsPages="TRUE".

So my list view might look like this:

+ list2_column: some_item (3)
    [ ] list1_item1
    [ ] list1_item2
    [ ] list1_item3

The problem I'm having is that when the user clicks on some_item, SharePoint opens up the display form for the item in a modal dialog. Is there any way to prevent this from happening?

P.S. If it makes any difference, everything in my solution is created during the FeatureActivated event.

EDIT: Turns out what I was trying to do is possible by building on Ksesh's answer a little:

<a href="{substring-before(substring-after($thisNode/@*[name()=current()/@Name], 'href=&quot;'), '&quot;')}">
<xsl:value-of select="substring-before(substring-after($thisNode/@*[name()=current()/@Name], '&gt;'), '&lt;')" />

This makes a link without the onclick event that opens the modal dialog. But seeing as how I have quite a few list views showing mostly lookup columns, all opening in dialogs, I think it's going to be easier to do what I want in jQuery. Something like this should do the trick:

$('table.ms-listviewtable a[onclick]').removeAttr('onclick');

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You can do followwing. In spd open your view, go to the lookup value <xsl:value-of> tag $thisNode/@*[name()=current()/@Name] and change it to


This will disable model dialog for this lookup column totally in this list view.

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  • Thanks, that's pretty much what I needed. Now I just have to figure out how to remove the onclick from the link instead of the whole tag, and how to automate the process during deployment instead of using spd.
    – Jez
    Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 4:47

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