SharePoint 2010 Content Editor Web Part Hidden property is Disabled

Found an interesting issue today. Wanted to place some CSS code in Content Editor Web Part (CEWP) and hide it, so that it won’t appear to end-users. I added a content editor web part, placed some CSS code, went to web part properties, oops! Hidden property under Layout is disabled (greyed out)!!

content editor web part Layout hidden property is disabled

Cause: For some reason, SharePoint doesn’t allow us to hide web parts on publishing pages! So Content Editor Web Part’s Layout hidden property is disabled!!


Here is the workaround to fix SharePoint 2010 web part hidden grayed out: Just Append  ToolPaneView=2 to the URL to open the page in Edit mode. E.g.

This opens Add Web Parts Pane, from there we can add new CEWP to bottom zone of the page (Verified in SharePoint 2010 web part hidden property is not greyed out this time!) and  hide the web part with out any issue! 

sharepoint web part hidden disabled

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

4 thoughts on “SharePoint 2010 Content Editor Web Part Hidden property is Disabled

  • This didn’t work for me in 2010 either. You can export a hidden web part from another page type and then import it though.

  • This didn’t work for me… SP 2010.

  • Thank you so much for sharing! This was very helpful.

  • Works on 2013 as well. Thanks!


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