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Monday, November 16, 2009

How to add a new option in the Site Actions menu of SharePoint 2007

In this article we are going to review how can create a new option in the Site Actions menu of the SharePoint 2007. The option that we are going to create is a lite Site Map that is showing the sites created in the site where we are and a link to return of the parent site as we can see in Image 1. To create this project I’m using the last version of WSPBuilder from Codeplex.

[Image 1]

The first task that we need to do is create a new project using the template installed by WSPBuilder installer. Once the project was created we must add a new item to the project using other template. This option must be a blank feature then we are going to find a BlankFeature template in the templates available to create our feature. The project in Visual Studio 2008 should be as we can see in Image 2

[Image 2]

The next step is to create a class (SiteActionSiteMap) in the root of the project as we can see in the image 2. This class must inherit from the WebControl class of Asp.Net because we are creating a custom control to add the options.
The last step is adding a CustomAction node in the XML element.xml to set our custom action for the Site Actions. In section 1 we can see the source code for the element.xml.

[Section 1]

<Elements xmlns="">
    ControlAssembly ="Sierys.Blog.Navegation.SiteAction,Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=711eed342842acee"    ControlClass="Sierys.Blog.Navegation.SiteAction.SiteActionSiteMap">
    <UrlAction Url="/_layouts/SpUsageSite.aspx"/>

Once the package was installed and the feature was activated we can see our custom option in the Site Actions menu. Remember you need permission to access at this menu.

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Fabián Imaz

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