Closing a Web Part Versus Deleting It, What’s the Difference?

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A web part is an autonomous piece of SharePoint functionality such as a calendar, document library, and list of information.  It can be put into certain places in a web page by end users, after being developed by a SharePoint programmer.

When editing a web part page, SharePoint will allow you to close or delete a web part.  You may be wondering what the difference is between the two and which option you should take depending on your situation.

Closing a web part will place the web part in a “hidden” state on the page.  You can add it back later if you like.  If you open the site in SharePoint designer it will appear as grayed out indicating it is hidden.

Deleting a web part on the other hand, will remove it from the page.  It’s important to know that it won’t delete the document library and it’s contents, it will simply delete in from the page.  So if you open the page up in SharePoint Designer you won’t see the web part at all.  Deleting a web part is a way to clean up the web part page so SharePoint doesn’t load it each time the page renders so you have faster response time.

Below are the steps to execute:

In this example we will work with a default document library on our site.

    1. Navigate to the page that contains the web part and select Site Action/Site Settings.  This will place the page in Edit mode.

SharePoint WebParts Screenshot

    1. Once the page is in Edit mode, in the top right hand corner of the web part you will notice the edit and X.
    2. Click on the edit link to display the context menu.   Select Close in the menu to close the web part.

    1. However, to delete, select Delete from the edit link.

RSM is a Certified Technology Specialist for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.  This example shows how you can maintain your SharePoint environment after a SharePoint Professional has designed and planned your deployment.  RSM has been designing SharePoint system throughout the United States according to the needs of many small and medium-sized businesses.

By:  Steve Pucelik, RSM – Microsoft SharePoint Professionals for Minnesota, Iowa, New Jersey, and New York

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