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Property Bag Access in SharePoint Designer 2010


Almost daily, I am discovering new things with SharePoint 2010. Today, I was working away on my presentation for SharePoint Saturday NYC coming up in a few days, putting on the finishing touches, and, I came across this gem in SharePoint Designer 2010.

When you have a site open in SharePoint Designer 2010, in the ribbon, all the way over to the right, you’ll see a button for Site Options

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Click it, go ahead, it’s not going to bite.

Now, the first tab you are opened to in this new window is labeled Parameters. What it should be labeled as however, is Property Bag. as that is exactly what it is.

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Once just a bucket for developers to play with, the property bag is now exposed in SharePoint Designer 2010. Which is awesome. Now, properties which you were storing there for your own use, can be extended out to Site Administrators, and Power Users to make use of! Awesome, yes. Also, dangerous. If you have applications which rely on the Property Bag, you have now been warned. Others can access, change, view, and delete the data within the property bag.

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming…

 

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About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for BlueMetal Architects, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 13 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

2 Responses to Property Bag Access in SharePoint Designer 2010

  1. Henrik says:

    This is also possible in sharepoint designer 2007

    http://www.dotnetmafia.com/blogs/dotnettipoftheday/archive/2008/06/24/viewing-property-bag-values-with-sharepoint-designer.aspx

    • You are indeed correct on this, it is available in SPD 2007. However, SPD 2007 had about as much user friendliness as a chainsaw without the whole protective handle part 🙂 With 2010, it is much easier to find, locate, and modify the Property Bag in 2010.

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