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How to Change the Url For a SharePoint 2010 List or Library

By: Arjun Chakraborty


Today I’ll talk about changing the Url for a SharePoint list or library.  Oftentimes, someone give descriptive names to a list, during creation.  The unintended consequence of this is that the lists have long, drawn out urls, which can look unappealing to users and become inconvenient for developers.  The procedure for changing the url is the same for both.


Here is a newly created list, and it’s Url:



Suppose, I want to change the /Important%20Items/ into a much more concise /II/. 


I would do this by:

1) Opening the site in SharePoint Designer 2010.




2)   Then, I would select the ‘All Files’ button in the Navigation pane to the left:



3)   Selecting ‘Lists’ in the central window:



4)   Right click on the target list, and select ‘Rename’.  However, before you do this, you may want to record the name of the list!  You will need it later!


5)   Now, I will rename it to ‘II’. (those are i’s, not L’s)


Press enter and:


Finally, press [ctrl]+[s] to save the changes to the site.

6)   Now, when we go back to the SharePoint List on Internet Explorer, we see:



7)   - The quick launch link did not change.
- The list Title DID change.
- This list Url DID change.
- And, the Items within the list have not changed (the modified date will confirm this).

8)   Finally, the last step is to change the list title once again to its previous value.  I hope you recorded that value, back in step 4!  To change the title, simply go to the list tab on top, select List Settings to the right, and the Title, description and Navigation link in the List Settings page.  Type in the original Title, and click okay.  As a result, the new (old) list should look like this:




By: Arjun Chakraborty



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