SP2010 – Now possible to change your page layout on the fly?

Wow, this seems like an interesting and much requested feature I just discovered in SharePoint 2010. It seems you can now change the page layout of an existing page! Maybe this is old news already, but I hadn’t heard anything about it yet.

So we have our regular article page right here:

SP2010 Article Page

SP2010 Article Page

When you expand the Page Layout button on the ribbon, you get this:  

SP2010 Change Page Layout

SP2010 Change Page Layout

 Let’s for example select Blank Web Part page as the new layout for our page. SharePoint then takes the new setting, doesn’t perform a post-back anymore, AJAX is very nicely integrated now:

SP2010 - Changing Page Layout

SP2010 - Changing Page Layout

When SharePoint is done processing the changes, our page is now a web part page instead of the article page it was before!

SP2010 - Web Part Page
SP2010 – Web Part Page


The functionality isn’t completely bug-free yet. After playing around with a couple of different page layouts, I’m suddenly getting this error:

SP2010 Change Page Layout Error
SP2010 Change Page Layout Error

Obviously the product is still in beta, I’m sure this will be fixed in the final version :)

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8 thoughts on “SP2010 – Now possible to change your page layout on the fly?

  1. Right this is the issue with SharePoint and not really with your own layout. Clearly you have 2 definition for same element thats what the error suggests.
    Read the error they are informative if you read them.

  2. I don’t know, I was just playing around with the out of the box stuff at the time. The error to me seems to indicate that SharePoint somehow changed the page contents and added another sitemap control or something. I never really looked further into the issue though.

  3. Maybe I’m just blind, but where are you seeing Page Layout on the ribbon?
    I don’t see it showing up on the ribbon provided by Edit Page, and the one in your screenshot appears to show the Settings group for a Library ribbon. I’m lost.

  4. Nice showing on how to do this for one page – but how do you update the page layout for multiple pages at one time?

  5. I have no idea to be honest, never actually tried that myself. I suppose you could do something through Powershell, but that would depend on whether you want it accessible for your users as well.

  6. How did you fix that error,

    An unexpected error has occurred.

    Troubleshoot issues with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation.

    Correlation ID: fa510ed0-9e3c-4ce2-8cb4-d79a304dfabd

    Date and Time: 7/26/2012 10:59:54 AM

    Go back to site

    This is my error and I have yet to be able to fix it

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