How to Create a Reusable Custom Style for the Content Query Web Part
Written By: Siddharth Mehta -- 2/3/2011 --
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Categories: Design, MOSS 2007, SharePoint Designer 2007, Web Parts, WSS3
Content Query Web Parts are used to fetch data from different sites in a web application. This web part
can be used for various purposes like displaying the latest news or latest events. There can be
situations that, despite of having different purposes, the Content Query Web Part might need a uniform data display style.
The solution is to centralize a style that can be reused.
For our case, we have created two lists: "Movies" and "Shows". These lists will contain basic information like movie
or show name, description and their release or event dates.
Next, we have used a multiple Content Query Web Part on a single page to view data from both lists and applied
a default presentation style on both.
To create a new custom style, open the site in SharePoint Designer. Go to Style
Library -> XSL Style Sheets -> Itemstyle.xsl. "Itemstyle" contains templates that define how to display an item. We have created a very basic custom style named "MyCustomStyle" as shown in
After saving the "itemstyle", go to page in a web browser and click edit page. Select
the Movies Content Query Web Part and open the tool pane. Go to Presentation -> Styles -> Item Style
Click on the dropdown and we can see the custom style that we have just defined in itemstyle.xsl.
Select the style and Click Apply and after that OK.. Now you can see the changes in
the Movies Content Query Web Part.
In order to reuse it in the Shows Content Query Web Part, perform the same steps of selecting
the style that we have performed on the Movies Content Query Web part.
- Use Custom Style to define different display styles
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