Is it possible to edit the default message "There are no items to show in this view of the "listname" list. To add a new item, click "New" in a simple (out of the box) way?

I would like to display a custom message if there are no items (due to the expiration of messages) shown.

Thank you for your suggestions.

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Yes you can. By default SharePoint uses XSLT template to render list view. You can find start point in this topic.


As a note to folks looking for a solution to this question for Office 365 or SharePoint 2013, you can edit the message using JS Link and CSR. For details and example code see this blog post: http://www.idubbs.com/blog/2015/jslink-csr-to-override-there-are-no-items-to-show-in-this-view/

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