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Get Search Core Results Web Part Raw XML


I keep using this and can't find the bookmark, so I'll post it here. When using XSLT to style your results in a Search Core Results Web Part, it helps to get the raw XML in static form to fine-tune your visuals. To do so, paste the following into the XSL Editor Property on your Search Core Results Web Part. Hit Apply and you will get the untransformed XML.

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="">
    <xsl:output method="xml" version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" indent="yes"/>
    <xsl:template match="/">
            <xsl:copy-of select="*"/>

Via and Tobias Zimmergren


Hiding the Title Field on a form with or without code


One of the more common questions I run into from SharePoint users is "What do I put in the Title field"? Many of the lists in SharePoint will have a "Title" field, and any custom list you create will have this field by default. So therein lies the question of the architect... what do you do with this field? It's ambiguous by design (I imagine) but at times it can be too ambiguous. Often changing to "Name" or something-title, like "Project Title" or "Department Title" can help enhance usability. What about in situations where Title doesn't make sense at all? If you delete the Title field, you lose the Edit Control Block (context menu) in your views. The best solution is to hide this on your New Item and Edit item forms. To hide this field from the SharePoint interface:

  • Go the the list in question -> settings -> list settings.

  • Under 'General Settings' click 'Advanced Settings'

  • For 'Allow Mangement of Content Types' select 'Yes', click OK.

  • There will be a new 'Content Types' section that wasn't there before. Click the 'Item' Content Type.

  • Click 'Title' under 'Columns'. Select 'Hidden (Will Not Appear in Forms)'. Click OK.

  • Done!

To programmatically hide a SharePoint form field, use the following code (replace "ListName" with your List Name).

Using (SPWeb web = SPContext.Current.Web)


web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;

SPList list = web.Lists["ListName"];

list.Fields["Title"].Hidden = true;



There may be occasions where you want to ensure on Site Creation (like in an Event Receiver or a Custom Workflow) where certain lists have these field hidden, or a Custom Action where the user can determine if they want the Title fields hidden on a form and do not want to disturb the ponderings of the local SharePoint wizard.

Original fix found at