Utilizing SharePoint 2010 Modal Dialogs

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Utilizing SharePoint 2010 Modal Dialogs

In SharePoint 2010, the modal dialog feature is a versatile tool for enhancing user interaction by presenting content in a focused manner. This is especially useful for displaying forms, lists, and custom pages without navigating away from the current page.

Key Advantages

  • User Experience: Modal dialogs prevent full-page reloads, allowing users to maintain their context.
  • Seamless Integration: They can display content from various sources, such as lists or libraries.
  • Customization: You can configure dialog properties like height, width, and buttons.

Implementing Modal Dialogs

To incorporate a modal dialog in SharePoint 2010, follow these steps:

  1. Create a New Page: Design the content you wish to display in a separate ASPX page.
  2. JavaScript Code: Use the following code snippet to open the modal dialog.
function openDialog(url) {
    var options = {
        url: url,
        width: 800,
        height: 600,
        title: 'My Modal Dialog',
        allowMaximize: true,
        showClose: true,
        dialogReturnValueCallback: Function.createDelegate(null, onDialogClose)

function onDialogClose(result) {
    if (result == SP.UI.DialogResult.OK) {
        // Handle the OK button click
        alert('Dialog closed with OK');
    } else {
        // Handle the Cancel button click
        alert('Dialog closed with Cancel');
  1. Integration with SharePoint: Add a button or a link in your SharePoint site that triggers the openDialog function.
<input type="button" value="Open Modal Dialog" onclick="openDialog('/sites/mySite/Pages/myPage.aspx')" />

Customizing Dialog Appearance

You can further customize the appearance and behavior of your modal dialogs by modifying the options in the JavaScript code. For instance, you can set allowMaximize to false to disable the maximize button or change the dimensions by adjusting the width and height properties.


SharePoint 2010 modal dialogs are a powerful way to enhance the interactivity of your SharePoint sites. By embedding content in modal dialogs, you can improve user experience and streamline interactions within your SharePoint environment.