SharePoint 2010 has a robust modal dialog system that can be easily leveraged to build highly interactive solutions. Imaging being able to  pop-up item edit forms or displaying notifications all without redirecting the user back and forth!

Here is the client side JavaScript that will allow you to open any page within a dialog box-

To invoke the dialog, simply call the OpenEditDialog function with the target URL.

Notice that the IsDlg=1 query string parameter is appended within the OpenEditDialog function. The presence of “IsDlg” dynamically loads the "/_layouts/styles/dlgframe.css” file which applies “display:none” to all items using the “s4-notdlg” css class. This effectively hides items of this class in a dialog box. For example, v4.master uses the “s4-notdlg” class for the Ribbon control to hide the ribbon within dialogs.

UPDATE (09/13/2010): There are times when a quick non-modal notification or a semi-permanent status message is more appropriate. Check out this post on how to leverage these new UI frameworks: http://www.pranavsharma.com/blog/2010/09/13/sharepoint-2010-notifications-statuses/

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One Response to How to leverage SharePoint 2010 dialogs?

  1. Robin says:

    Thanks mate! Just needed this 😉

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