How to Change Personal View to Public in SharePoint Online?

Requirement: Change a personal view to public in SharePoint Online.

How to make a Personal View to Public in SharePoint? 

We cannot change a personal view to the public in SharePoint either through web UI or with programmatic approaches (C#, PowerShell, etc.). This is because, When a view is created, The SPView.PersonalView property is set to either True or False to define whether it’s a personal view or a public view, and this property stays read-only. However, we can create a new Public view from an existing private using the below trick:

  1. Navigate to your SharePoint list >> Select your private view from the views drop-down.
  2. From the Views drop-down, select “Save View as”.
  3. Now, hit the F12 button on your keyboard to fire Developer Tools. (Works in Firefox/Chrome/IE).
  4. Locate the Input control for the checkbox “Make this a public view”.
  5. In the code, remove the “Disabled” attribute and hit enter.
  6. Now, you can set the “Make this a public view” checkbox and hit save button to create a public view from private view.
    sharepoint create public view from personal view

SharePoint: How to Make a Personal View Public in Classic Experience?

In Classic experience, you can make a personal view to public as:

  1. Create a new view >> Select your existing private view that you want to make public.
  2. You’ll see the “Create a Public View” option will be grayed out. Hit the F12 key to trigger developer tools.
  3. Select the “Create a Public View” radio button input control and remove the “Disabled” attribute from it. This enables that option in the browser.
    sharepoint how to make a personal view public
  4. Now, you can select the public view option in the browser and create a public view from a private view.

You can use this trick to change a personal view to the public, both in SharePoint On-premises and SharePoint Online.

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!

2 thoughts on “How to Change Personal View to Public in SharePoint Online?

  • Hi – I couldn’t get this to work. I’m using SharePoint 365 with Chrome.

    With developer pane open, I typed CTRL+SHIFT+C to inspect an element in the page. This allowed me to click on the checkbox, and the developer pane automatically displayed the code relating to that element. What I got didn’t look at all like you showed, until I clicked on the line of code. Then it displayed differently (I didn’t realise until I copied it and pasted it.)

    Then I deleted disabled=”” , pressed Enter, but still couldn’t save as a public view.

  • That’s very helpful, worked well when I had a hideously complex view setup private that needed to go public


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