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MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2010 Crosswalk: The Announcement Web Part


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Problem

What happened to the SharePoint 2010 "Announcements" web part? In WSS3 and MOSS 2007 (and WSS2) the default Announcements web part showed the Title and a few lines of the Body of the announcement. Now it just shows the Title. Well here's the answer...

Solution

When placing the Announcements Web Part on a MOSS 2007 (and WSS3/WSS2) page, the default view showed the Title of the announcement and a few lines of the body. This showed just enough to catch the reader's attention. If the body was of interest, they could click on the Title and read the rest of the article.

Default MOSS 2007 Announcements Web Part:

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When placing the Announcements Web Part on a SharePoint 2007 page, it looks a little different. It shows the Title and when it was modified. But the body is not shown unless the user clicks on the Title link.

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I happened to like the default view of the MOSS 2007 version. Or perhaps I just got used to it. In any event, I wanted to know how to display it just like MOSS 2007.

It turns out, it's really simple, but it took me a few tries to get it.

Drum roll please...

"Summary View" saves the day...

To edit the web part, click the web part dropdown and select "Edit Web Part".

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Then click the dropdown next to "Current view".

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Select "Summary view". (I tried all sorts of views with the GUI before I found this.)

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(Yes, click "OK" at the warning message.)

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Click "OK" to save your changes.

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There you have it...

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