Links to Root Folders Only Instead of Default Pages and Views

Best practice tip with links to any site location (e.g. SharePoint lists and libraries).

Often, default views (which launch when a root folder is accessed) of libraries and lists are changed, deleted, enhanced such that if you use the default view that may be available today, the link in the future may not work if the MS-SharePoint designer changes something fundamental (many different types of changes possible and many scenarios).

What we do when we link to a library or list is remove everything from the URL but the actual root location since we know that the current default page will automatically launch, regardless of what it may be today, tomorrow or in the longer-term future; here are some examples to trigger ideas of testing this out with your own Microsoft SharePoint sites:

Instead of: sharepoint.com/CrossTeamFiles/Forms/AllItems.aspx
Use: sharepoint.com/CrossTeamFiles/

Instead of: sharepoint.com/FAQsGsPs/Forms/Active.aspx
Use: sharepoint.com/FAQsGsPs/

Instead of: sharepoint.com/PIX/Forms/AllItems.aspx
Use: sharepoint.com/PIX/

Instead of: sharepoint.com/Lists/Contacts/AllItems.aspx
Use: sharepoint.com/Lists/Contacts/

Instead of: sharepoint.com/Lists/Tasks/AllItems.aspx
Use: sharepoint.com/Lists/Tasks/

If you practice that little tip, you’ll never have to worry about any future changes to any default pages currently active for that root web folder (list, library, etc.).  Of course the tip above is not relevant when you must link to a specific view, page, folder, file or list item.

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