There are no lists to show in this view

Recently I stumbled on an interesting problem: I needed to open and modify a list in SharePoint designer. So, I opened the list and found that designer gave a generic “There are no lists to show in this view” message. However, this particular site had over fifty lists that I could clearly see in the UI. The solution, which I found here, was a list that had been deleted was showing up.

As the blog suggest you can use a REST call to your site http:// [sharepoint] / [site] / _vti_bin/listdata.svc which should give you some XML, append a list name to this http:// [sharepoint] / [site] / _vti_bin/listdata.svc/ [list name] and with a little hunting you should be able to find your broken list. I was able to find it by trying to open the list through the browser and see a “This page does not exist” error. From here, the list can be deleted.

Finally, close designer and clear your webcache, reopen designer and you should now be able to open your list in designer.

I believe this may have occurred in our migration from 2010 to 2013. The site in question had several outdated and unused lists that needed to be cleaned up and/or deleted. The link to the list seems to have persisted even though it no longer existed and this prevented designer from open the site correctly.

SharePoint 2013 drag and drop feature

One of the most useful features of SharePoint 2013 is the ability to drag and drop documents or entire directories into Document lists.

I’d noticed that this wasn’t working consistently for all of our users and after some looking, there is a plethora of blog posts and explanations for this–so, I’ll add one more to it.

The drag and drop feature requires an IE version 10 or greater OR Office 2013. Our current standards for our users were IE9 and Office 2010, so of course they weren’t seeing it. I’m running IE10 and have both Office 2010 and Office 2013 installed for development purposes, which satisfies the requirements for it’s use. Importantly, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for users with IE9 or lower or Office 2010 to use it.

The simple solution is to install SharePoint Designer 2013 and choose Custom Installation. Deselect everything (including SharePoint Designer) except Office Tools. This will install the correct Active-X control and allow the drag and drop functionality to work.