i have a requirmet to disable the "overwrite existing files" checkbox on sharepoint 2010

i am following this article but i dont have access to <<< Navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\Layouts\upload.aspx >>> as this is on a server which i dont have access to. I do however have sharepoint designer and i am the site admin.

i can browse on sharepoint designer on File -> Pages mysite/Style Library/Forms/Upload.aspx and mysite/FormServerTemplates/Forms/Uploads.aspx but these do not contain a checkbox in the code.

i see from this site that i need to be on the server to edit the files but i do not have this level of access.

Any ideas as to how i get to this file?

Disable Checkbox

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1. Please take a look at this Stack question. It points to a tutorial blog on how to do this.

In SPD open default.master, then add the script:

    var form = $('form');
    if ( form.attr('action').indexOf('YOUR 36 character List ID - Without Braces') > -1 )
        var checkbox = $('#ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_UploadDocumentSection_ctl03_OverwriteSingle');
        var multiple = $('#ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_UploadDocumentSection_ctl03_UploadMultipleLink');

2. There is another question on Stack here, where Falak Mahmood suggests that manually changing the Upload.aspx in 12/14 hive is not recommended. Instead, he suggests:

...to write a custom Feature which has AdditionalPageHead delegate control to un-check the "Overwrite existing file" (using jQuery) option while uploading the documents.

  • 2
    Same goes for modifying the OOTB master pages, you should make a copy and edit the copy instead. Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 18:31
  • that great help guys but microsoft should make this a configurable feature. Sharepoint is missing so much of this basic simple functionality that its not funny. Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 21:28
  • True that. There are a multitude of options that MS should have thought of. That`s why there is customer feedback and 'till they implement some, there are always communities like this one to help each other out. :)
    – dzookatz
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 22:22

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