20 April, 2011

Closed Web Parts

The Closed Web Parts gallery is a collection of Web Parts that are available to a specific Web Part Page but not visible on the page, whether you are browsing through or designing the page. Each Web Part Page has its own Closed Web Parts gallery. Through this gallery, a Web Part Page author can, for example, create a collection of recommended Web Parts for users to add to the Web Part Page.

Ticket submitted: One of my user was playing with the webparts :-) Dont know why ? In that playing, he closed all the webparts that were present on that page..and now the request is-How to get those webparts back ??

Note: web parts can be removed from a site home page by using two methods:
-Webpart can be closed by clicking the X button
-Deleting the web part

How to open a closed Web Part/ How to Restore Closed Web Parts
1. Site Actions- Edit Page
2. Click Add a Web Part
3. Click Advanced Web Part gallery and options
4. Click Closed Web Parts
5. Drag closed web part onto the page

One thing- I would like to share over here is performance.When we closed any webparts/n-number of webparts- we assume that those are closed/removed from the page but actually they are not...When we try to hit the page, page will take some time to reder the webparts which are open as well as which are closed. So now the webparts comes into the picture which are customized. if we closed any such webparts (example-content query webpart) everytime the page was opened it wouldn't display but it would still run its query.

I would like to share good information on this which is explained by Wictor Wilen(http://www.wictorwilen.se/Post/Why-you-should-not-allow-users-to-Close-Web-Parts.aspx)

One more thing-if you wants to Remove a webpart completely from a page then here are the steps:
1. Site Actions - Edit Page
2. Click the edit button in the chrome dropdown
3. Choose Delete - Ok

if you have any queries/questions regarding the above mentioned information then please let me know..I would be more than happy to help you as well as resolves your issues...