A customer of mine recently had a problem with pages (theses pages appear as tabs) inside a meeting workspace. Only the author of the page was able to see the page. No other user (even me as Site-Collection-Admin) was not able to see or access the page. It comes to my mind that the page is possibly checked-out by the user …
Unfortunately the list where the pages reside is hidden to the UI. So the user has no option to check-in the created page. The only way to access the list is to retrieve the id of the “pages-list” (e.g. via SharePoint Manager). Now you can pass it to the
ManageCheckedOutFiles.aspx inside the
_layouts-folder. Alternatively you can connect via SharePoint Designer and uncheck the “hide in browser”-option.
Your url looks like this: http://myserver/myweb/_layouts/ManageCheckedOutFiles.aspx?List=%7B6F145CFF%2D8779%2D4D38%2D8B11%2D6B37EBA0A76C%7D
You are now able to “overtake” the checked-out page for yourself for further editing. But your odyssey is not yet over!
If you want to check-in the document you get an error. It’s simply not possible! What helps is:
- Copy the affected page with SharePoint-Designer
- Paste it into the “pages-list”
- Delete the old checked-out page
- Rename the pasted page to the old page name
- Now your page is fully visible!
Prepare for the future
Because the pages-list does not have any views defined its hard to help users. If you have the list-id of this list you can use every management-page to customize this list (e.g. _layouts/listedit.aspx?List=%7B6F145CFF%2D8779%2D4D38%2D8B11%2D6B37EBA0A76C%7D).
I believe this is a bug. Perhaps there will be a fix. But don’t rely on it … What is really annoying is the fact that this list is a “special list” and you cannot add views to it. So if you ever get a page that does not show: use your SharePoint tools!-)
The customer had a lot of workspaces where this has happened. This bug is really annoying! I have colored (yes that nice orange) the important part to fix this problem.
- March 18th