Being in the SharePoint Hosting game for nearly two decades and building and deploying countless SharePoint farms means we’ve seen more than our fair share of SharePoint sites.

We’ve seen extremely functional SharePoint environments built with only out-of-the-box features. And on the other end of the spectrum, we’ve seen large SharePoint farms that are highly customized. Some so unique, that the underlying SharePoint is hardly recognizable. So whenever we assist our customers with an issue or question they’re having, we’re never quite sure what type of environment we’re walking (or logging) in to…

Often times, support engineers find themselves in the midst of a highly customized SharePoint environment. To a novice SharePoint engineer, this situation can quickly lead to confusion, consternation and frustration as they navigate the site looking for specific pages.

Where is the Site Settings page? It’s gone. Nowhere to be found. It’s been forever extinguished from the GUI for the sake of cosmetics. Sure the site is pretty now, but how do I add permissions? After all, what good is a pretty site if no one can login and view it? Another typical scenario: I need to retrieve a file that a user just deleted, but I can’t find the recycle bin!

As I’m sure you surmised, the actual settings pages have not been removed. The links to them, however, may no longer be visible. That’s okay, though, because as long as you know the exact URL, you can still get to where you want to go.

To help make life a bit easier for you, we’ve compiled the following table of URLs to help you easily navigate to commonly used settings pages. These work in SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2010, and (for the most part) SharePoint 2007.

Basically, add the URL from the table to the end of the site (or in some cases, the page).

SharePoint Appending URL

(Appending URL)

Web Part Gallery/_catalogs/wp SharePoint Web Part Gallery
Create /_layouts/create.aspx SharePoint Home Create
List Template Gallery/_catalogs/lt SharePoint List Template Gallery
Manage Site Collection Administrators /_layouts/15/mngsiteadmin.aspx SharePoint Permissions Site Collection Administrators
Manage Sites and Workspaces/_layouts/mngsubwebs.aspx SharePoint Site Settings Sites and Workspaces
People and Groups/_layouts/people.aspx SharePoint People and Groups Home Members
Manage User Permissions/_layouts/user.aspx SharePoint Manage User Permissions
Master Page Gallery/_catalogs/masterpage SharePoint Master Page Gallery
Recycle Bin/_layouts/AdminRecycleBin.aspx SharePoint Site Settings Recycle Bin
Site Column Gallery/_layouts/mngfield.aspx SharePoint Site Settings Site Columns
Site Content Types/_layouts/mngctype.aspx SharePoint Site Settings Site Content Types
Site Content and Structure Manager/_layouts/sitemanager.aspx SharePoint Site Settings Site Content and Structure
Site Settings/_layouts/settings.aspx SharePoint Site Settings
Solution Gallery/_catalogs/solutions/ SharePoint Solution Gallery
User Alerts/_layouts/sitesubs.aspx SharePoint Site Settings User Alerts
Site Contents/_layouts/viewlsts.aspx SharePoint Site Contents
Workflows (add to end of the page)/_layouts/wrkmng.aspx SharePoint Workflows

If you work in many different SharePoint farms, keep this list handy. Someday you’ll be thankful you have it.

Administrators on a single SharePoint farm can use the shortcuts as well and make life just a bit easier… and, as a bonus, make you more efficient (and who doesn’t want to be more efficient?). Rather than moving the mouse in the GUI and clicking breadcrumbs, sidebars, and pop-up menus, etc… you can get to where you go by simply appending the URL.

For those of us older administrators who remember when the QWERTY keyboard was king of input devices, this is a good thing!

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