Custom redirect after creating a new Sharepoint Item

When creating a new Item in a Sharepoint list, the redirection works according to these rules:

  • If the URL contains a valid “Source” parameter, the user user will be redirected to this URL
  • Otherwise the user will be redirected to the default view of the list, such as AllItems.aspx

There are different approaches to change this behavior:

Via URL Parameter

One appraoch is to override the redirection by changing the Source parameter of the URL. This means the incoming link to the NewForm.aspx contains the redirection URL already. This is pretty static, sometimes you want to set the redirection on the fly. Also the appraoch enforces the same redirection for both Safe and Close buttons on the form.

Via Event Receiver

It is possible to redirect within an event receiver. This means placing a redirect command within a synchrounous event which aborts the normal event flow in a way, that asynchrounous events and other attached event receivers won’t work anymore.

Via Custom Safe Buttons

It is possible to replace the default buttons on the NewForm.aspx page by custom controls. So basically you develop a custom button that inherits from the Sharepoint “SaveButton” class. In there you can apply custom logic for redirection.

Via JavaScript

This is a novel approach I developed to get more flexibility and stability for the redirection behavior. It allows to set the redirection on the clientside.

$(document).ready(function() {

    var button = $("input[id$=SaveItem]");
    // change redirection behavior
        button.removeAttr("onclick"); {
            var elementName = $(this).attr("name");
            var aspForm = $("form[name=aspnetForm]");
            var oldPostbackUrl = aspForm.get(0).action;
            var currentSourceValue = GetUrlKeyValue("Source", true, oldPostbackUrl);
            var newPostbackUrl = oldPostbackUrl.replace(currentSourceValue, "MyRedirectionDestination.aspx");

            if (!PreSaveItem()) return false;
            WebForm_DoPostBackWithOptions(new WebForm_PostBackOptions(elementName, "", true, "", newPostbackUrl, false, true));

So basically we modify the click behavior of the create button on the NewForm.aspx to pass in a new “Source” parameter value just before the form is submitted.

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11 Responses to “Custom redirect after creating a new Sharepoint Item”

  1. 1 bhildo February 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Need help with above java script solution. Can you explain above solution line by line. Also where do i change your code to make it work. Also what is “SaveItem, name, aspnetform, source”? I have pasted your code below.

    Thanks in advance

    $(document).ready(function() {


    03 var button = $(“input[id$=SaveItem]“);

    04 // change redirection behavior

    05 button.removeAttr(“onclick”);

    06 {

    07 var elementName = $(this).attr(“name”);

    08 var aspForm = $(“form[name=aspnetForm]“);

    09 var oldPostbackUrl = aspForm.get(0).action;

    10 var currentSourceValue = GetUrlKeyValue(“Source”, true, oldPostbackUrl);

    11 var newPostbackUrl = oldPostbackUrl.replace(currentSourceValue, “MyRedirectionDestination.aspx”);


    13 if (!PreSaveItem()) return false;

    14 WebForm_DoPostBackWithOptions(new WebForm_PostBackOptions(elementName, “”, true, “”, newPostbackUrl, false, true));

    15 });


    17 });

  2. 2 UbuntuMan April 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Kudos to you, Adrian!! Nice post. I’ve been looking for a long time for something like this. Thank you very much for posting.

  3. 3 Pedro January 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This is working great but it’s not working properly in Firefox and Chrome. In Firefox, when inserting an valid or invalid date, I get an unxpected error or this page has been modified error. In Chrome if I insert a valid data I can add the item, but if I insert an invalid date I get the same error that in Firefox. In IE we have no problems, do you an idea of what it could be? Thank you.

  4. 4 prasadwt March 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

    hi, i am not able to get the redirection poperrly.
    am getting the error sourceurl is null and am unable to navigate to my site’s homepage.

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  9. 9 tabletr June 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Please help!

    when i click button submits succesfull but not redirected.
    Problem with modal dialog Windows. it says ‘window.frameElement’ is null or not an object
    i cannot resolve


    sorry for my english

  10. 10 IPat June 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I would like to use this technique on an Edit form Save button. Is this possible? Also, in the return URL I wanted to add a filter based on a field I have just edited. Is this possible also?

    Great post anyway many thanks.

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