Remember a few weeks back when I wrote a two-part post describing my frustrating inability to force the contents of a SharePoint picture library to display the Details display style for all users? And how I'd offered up a Bamboo Nation t-shirt to the first commenter to solve the conundrum for me? Well, you might remember, but I'd actually managed to forget that the mystery remained unsolved. Until, that is, I received an email the other day asking for an update, and specifically inquiring as to when I would be posting the results.
Alas, it seems that I wasn't the only one who found the task at hand to be a genuine stumper, because the main reason that the question had slipped my mind is that I hadn't received even a single response to my plea for a solution. Which result was heartening in its way (i.e., at least it wasn't just me who couldn't figure it out), but with the reminder email, I was once again energized and determined to crack this nut. Since I had already exhausted every means of resolving the matter available to me save one, my determination translated into another pilgrimage to see the Patron Saint of SharePoint Blank, Jeff Kozloff of Bamboo's Custom Solutions team.
And do you want to hear something funny? As it turns out, my original instinct that a modification to the existing view (or, at worst, the creation of a custom view) would solve the problem turned out to be right on the money. Naturally, when I say that this is funny, I mean it's frustrating as all get out, but since I was overjoyed to finally get this to work, I figure it's all to the good in the end.
Anyway, forcing the Details display style is easy to accomplish, albeit not at all intuitive. As you'll recall, choosing the Picture Library Details style option actually results in the Thumbnails display and, since that's the default display, choosing the Default style will automatically reset to Picture Library Details (which is to say, a Thumbnails display). Is it just me, or does that behavior strike anyone else as diabolical?
Given the disheartening realization that even those explicitly chosen display styles render the Thumbnails view, what hadn't occurred to me is that maybe this wasn't the case for every style. And as it turned out, that's exactly where my salvation laid. As Jeff rather quickly determined based on the (surprising even to him) fact that the two styles mentioned above result in the Thumbnails display, the solution to force the Details was to choose the Basic Table style while modifying the existing List View, like so:
Sure enough, as soon as that change was applied to the list, the desired Details display style for the list in question rendered reliably for all users of our portal. Now if everyone would please join me in a chorus of, "Cheers, Jeff!," I would be most appreciative.
May 13 2009, 04:27 PM
John Anderson joined Bamboo Solutions as Manager of Content & Syndication in May of 2008 after a 12-year career at AOL. New to SharePoint at the time of his hiring, John was tasked with creating a new blog for the just-launched Bamboo Nation community in which he would document his daily SharePoint learning process. Thus was born the end user-centric SharePoint Blank, for which John authored 200 posts within a year, and which he continues to write today (albeit much more sporadically). Currently serving as Managing Editor, John sets the tone for Bamboo Nation as its lead blogger, and oversees content across Bamboo properties.