Broken web part hosing up your web part page? The 30-second fix.

Ever had a broken web part that was preventing your web part page from rendering? A nasty problem. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy fix:

  1. Go to your broken web part page.
  2. Place your cursor at the end  of your page’s URL string.
  3. Type ?contents=1 (as shown in the example URL below).
  4. Press Enter.
Example URL:

A web part maintenance page will appear (as shown below). It will include a listing of all web parts currently configured as part of your web part page. Just select the web part(s) that are broken and click Delete to remove them from your page. Once the faulty web parts are deleted and your page is rendering again, you can re-add your web parts. (Hopefully without any future breakage.)

A great trick. And yes, it works in MOSS 2007 and SharePoint 2010.


  1. Hello,

    This is really nice tricks. I have already done but I have ScriptManager error. When I try to add Dynamics Infolog in web part I got this. Do you have an idea.

    Unable to add selected web part(s). The control with ID ‘g_a9fca841_cd09_42ca_bac9_c73d21fc6ec1_content’ requires a ScriptManager on the page. The ScriptManager must appear before any controls that need it.


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