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How to show a Classic SharePoint page in dialog mode (without SharePoint’s full-blown chrome)

This post was most recently updated on December 27th, 2018.

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Classic SharePoint actually has a very handy piece of functionality, using which you can hide most of the SharePoint chrome (like header and navigation), and hence make the page a lot more sleek. This is especially useful for showing the contents in a dialog window – which SharePoint also supports natively through JavaScript! This post describes how.

How to show any (classic) SharePoint page in dialog mode?

Pretty easy – it’s handled via a url parameter! 

Yeah, weirdly enough at least once something’s easy with SharePoint. Just grab the address of whatever page you’re on, and append a url parameter “IsDlg=1” in the end. So, an example!

Todd Klindt has a great SharePoint blog, which he also hosts on SharePoint (everyone loves the built-in CMS after all, right?) and this makes his site a great example here. His post about SharePoint 2013 build numbers, is located at an address like this:

https://www.toddklindt.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=346

If you want to see it without navigation or header, you can instead go to address like this:

https://www.toddklindt.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=346&IsDlg=1

What can you use it for?

Well, just like the parameter name implies, a good example would be to use this version of the page in a dialog window. See below for an example!

SharePoint publishing page in a dialog window with ?IsDlg=1
SharePoint publishing page in a dialog window with ?IsDlg=1

A full-blown SharePoint Publishing page should look ridiculous in a very small dialog window, but with ?IsDlg=1 it actually looks ok. Still not fabulous (for that, we’ve got Modern SharePoint!), but definitely usable and useful.

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