SharePoint Online: Set Default View using PowerShell

Requirement: Change the default view in SharePoint Online.

How to Change Default View in SharePoint Online?

Want to make a specific view the default view for all users? In many cases, you’ll want to make a specific view the default view for lists or libraries in SharePoint Online. In this post, we’ll walk through the steps necessary to set a default view for a list or document library.

To set a custom list view as the default view in SharePoint Online, do the following steps:

  • Go to List Settings >> Scroll down to the bottom and click on the view name you wish to set as the default view under the “Views” section
  • In the Edit view page, check the box next to “Make this the default view” and click OK to save your changes.
    change default view in sharepoint online

So next time, when you hit: https://Crescent.sharepoint.com/Lists/Projects/, you’ll be taken into the default view “Active Projects” at: https://Crescent.sharepoint.com/Lists/Projects/Active%20Projects.aspx

Similarly, for Modern lists and libraries, You can make a view default from the views dropdown:

how to make a view default in sharepoint online

SharePoint Online: Set Default View using PowerShell

Here is the PowerShell script to change the default view in SharePoint Online.

#Load SharePoint CSOM Assemblies
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll"
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll"

Function Set-SPODefaultView()
{
    param
    (
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $SiteURL,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $ListName,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $ViewName
    )
    Try {
        #Setup Credentials to connect
        $Cred= Get-Credential
        $Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($Cred.Username, $Cred.Password)
 
        #Setup the context
        $Ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SiteURL)
        $Ctx.Credentials = $Credentials
         
        #Get the List
        $List = $Ctx.Web.Lists.GetByTitle($ListName)
        
        #Get the list view by title
        $View=$List.Views.GetByTitle($ViewName)

        #Set the view as default view
        $View.DefaultView=$True
        $View.Update()
        $Ctx.ExecuteQuery()
 
        Write-host -f Green "List View '$ViewName' is Set as the Default View!" 
    }
    Catch {
        write-host -f Red "Error Setting Default View!" $_.Exception.Message
    }
}

#Set Parameters
$SiteURL="https://Crescent.sharepoint.com"
$ListName="Projects"
$ViewName="Active Projects"

#Call the function 
Set-SPODefaultView -SiteURL $SiteURL -ListName $ListName -ViewName $ViewName

We also have MobileView, MobileDefaultView properties to enable mobile view and make a default view for mobile!

PnP PowerShell to Set a List View as Default View:

Here is how to make a view default in SharePoint Online:

#Config Variables
$SiteURL = "https://Crescent.sharepoint.com"
$ListName= "Projects"
$ViewName= "Active Projects"

#Get Credentials to connect
$Cred = Get-Credential

Try {
    #Connect to PnP Online
    Connect-PnPOnline -Url $SiteURL -Credentials $Cred

    #Get the Context
    $Context = Get-PnPContext

    #Get the List View from the list
    $ListView  =  Get-PnPView -List $ListName -Identity $ViewName -ErrorAction Stop

    #Set View as Default View
    $ListView.DefaultView = $True
    $ListView.Update()
    $Context.ExecuteQuery()
    Write-host -f Green "View '$ViewName' Set as Default View of the List!"
}
catch {
    write-host "Error: $($_.Exception.Message)" -foregroundcolor Red
}

You can also use: Set-PnPView to set a view as default:

Connect-PnPOnline -Url $SiteURL -Credentials $Cred

#Set the List View as Default view
Set-PnPView -List $ListName -Identity $ViewName -Values @{DefaultView=$True}

With Set-PnPView cmdlet, you can update properties of a list view such as: Title, Hidden, JSLink, RowLimit, ViewQuery, Etc.

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!

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