I have added a content query web part from visual studio and I am displaying the data from a document library of root site.

I want to set the ItemStyle property to Title and Description and assigne them respective value i.e. Title=Document Title and Description=Editor.

My code for adding web part is:

            SPSite site = new SPSite("http://bipc11:1234/sites/publishing1");
            SPWeb web = site.RootWeb;
            web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;
            SPLimitedWebPartManager webParts = web.GetLimitedWebPartManager("SiteAssets/webparts.aspx", System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.PersonalizationScope.Shared);
            ContentByQueryWebPart wp = new ContentByQueryWebPart();
            wp.Title = "My web part using OM";                                
            wp.ListGuid = "eff50fad-f899-4e26-a9a4-1b40aedfc9be";                                         
            wp.WebUrl = "~SiteCollection";                
            wp.ItemStyle = "Title and Description";
            webParts.AddWebPart(wp, "Right", 0);
            Console.WriteLine("Web part added successfully");

How do I change the property? Please help.

1 Answer 1


You'll have to set the wb.ItemStyle with the item styles template name.


wb.ItemStyle = "Default";
wb.ItemStyle = "ImageLeft";

It does not understand the display names of the item styles.

MSND page explaining the different ItemStyles.

  • Should I look in the ItemStyle.xsl file from the Style Library to get the name?
    – users1100
    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:52
  • @users1100 Yes.
    – user2536
    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:52
  • I went through the file but did not find any template name having Title and Description.
    – users1100
    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:58
  • I did one thing to find the name of Title and Description. I exported the web part after setting the Title and Description manually and checked the ItemStyle property. It was displaying the name i.e.NoImage. I assigned in wp.ItemStyle but how to assign the individual values?
    – users1100
    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:11
  • I mean that template is assigned but how to assign Title=Title and Description=Editor ? @Daniel Ziga
    – users1100
    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:18

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