Change “Add New Item” Link Text to something more descriptive!

The end user’s requirement is to change the “Add New Item” link text to “Add New Risk Metrics” so that it will be more meaningful on the Risk metrics list.

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In Content Editor Web Part, Place JavaScript that manipulates Add New Item text. In Detail:

1. Go to the target page >> Site actions>> Edit Page

2. Insert a CEWP just below the list view web part.

3. Place the cursor in CEWP, Click on “Edit HTML Source” link from HTML Ribbon Item’s drop down menu.

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4. In Content Editor web part enter the script:

<script type="text/javascript">
  document.getElementById("idHomePageNewItem").innerHTML="Add New Risk Metrics"

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5. Save the page! see the result in action.
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Use IE Developer Toolbox or Firefox Firebug to get the ID of similar links in other lists and libraries. E.g. For document library it is: “idHomePageNewDocument”

Tail: Remove add new item link SharePoint 2010:
Edit the page and change the List view web part’s Toolbar Type to “No Toolbar”. If you see add new item link missing SharePoint 2010, change the list view web part’s toolbar type to something other than “No Toolbar”.

Change new item text in SharePoint 2013:

<script type="text/javascript">
 document.getElementById("idHomePageNewItem").innerHTML="Create New Change Request";

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

11 thoughts on “Change “Add New Item” Link Text to something more descriptive!

  • August 25, 2017 at 12:49 AM

    If you use “forum0-NewPostLink as the ID if you click on What’s hot, My discussions or Recent the index changes, i.e “forum1-NewPostLink”, “forum2-NewPostLink” and so on. Is there another way to change the text of add new discussion where it doesn’t rely on the exact ID?

  • October 6, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    For the discussion board, try this… “forum0-NewPostLink”

  • August 26, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Does anyone know the string or ID for a dicussion board? I cannot find this in my developer tool options.


  • August 26, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    does anyone know the string or ID for a discussion board? I cannot find it in my developer tools in IE.


    – Dave

  • June 21, 2016 at 1:43 AM

    Hi I have same issue as Michael Hornef. How do I use this for multiple lists on a single page. Thanks.

  • June 17, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Thanks but works fine when only one list is on the page. How to change it for the second or third list?

    • June 9, 2017 at 10:13 AM

      Hi Michael,

      did you solve it?
      I’ve the same issue to manage…


  • February 10, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Thank you for this. What is the string for FORM Library please?

    • February 11, 2016 at 7:40 AM

      For Forms Library: idHomePageNewItem-WPQ2 , Document Library: idHomePageNewDocument

  • August 6, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    But when we add content editor web part on the page (In SharePoint 2013) we loose Item and List tool bar.
    Can anyone help me on this.
    I don’t want to loose item and list tool bar and i want to Change “new discussion” in discussion board list.

  • February 11, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Thanks – that fixed my issue perfectly!


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