Views and the column Type (icon linked to document)

In older SharePoint versions this column was linked to the document. Since SharePoint 2010 this has been removed but unfortunately not the description for the column.


The Icon will still be shown as before but the click on the Icon will not open the file anymore. This behavior with SharePoint 2010 is by design. Removing the wrong text in the description is addressed for all the languages we offer for SharePoint 2010.

Updated 31/Dec/2010

I found the following KB article and it explained a way how to get that functionality back.

2457975    SharePoint 2010: Clicking the icon in Type column is highlighting the item instead of launching the document;en-US;2457975

Comments (15)
  1. bcworld says:

    What would be the reasoning for removing this function? Other columns such as Document ID continue to offer the ability to open the document. The type icon is useful as a link in situations where the item name or title is very long and not really required in a summary view, particularly one which might be used in a web part on a page with limited space. There is no option on the ribbon to facilitate this, 'Download a copy' is certainly inappropriate, especially given we now have the option to view documents in the browser. I don't get it!

  2. There were performance reasons. Together with the new large lists support it makes sense.

  3. PaulE says:

    I agree with bcworld. We, too, used the Type column as a small-UI-footprint way to provide a link when the Title column did not make sense or took up too much UI space. My users will not be happy about this change.

  4. ScottL says:

    I would like to know how many companies have expressed their outrage to MS over this by design removal. I would also like to know if they are planning any sort of re-implementation because for us, it's a deal breaker.

  5. A possible solution might be in the following kb article:

    2457975 SharePoint 2010: Clicking the icon in Type column is highlighting the item instead of launching the document

  6. Willy Vidable says:

    The XSLT code proposed in the MS Support link you provided works just fine. It restablish the functionality of the Type column as it was in SP 2007. Thanks

  7. Sharepoint 2010 User says:

    Microsoft's Solution did not work with me.  Any other solution?

  8. KathZ says:

    I got the link to work using Microsoft solution but it is not showing the document icons – any thoughts?

  9. If you use the solution based on the KB article 2457975 and you run into issues it needs some investigations and for a missing icon:

    – Right click on the icon and chose properties / or check the html source of that page

    – How looks the source URL of that picture?

    With that information you might be able to fix the XML.

  10. Gene says:

    The KB article resolves the Document Type icon issues.  However, it does address this if you have  List… the Type icon still not working in this case.  Any suggestions?

  11. I can read in the kb article:

    <xsl:when test="$IsDocLib">


    <img border="0" alt="{$alttext}" title="{$alttext}" src="/_layouts/images/{$thisNode/@HTML_x0020_File_x0020_Type.File_x0020_Type.mapico}" />

    What tells you the HTML source?

    Have you discussed that in one of our discussion groups? If not please start there.

  12. JoeD says:

    This is broken again in SP 2013. Has anyone found a similar solution?

  13. Clem says:

    Actually it's not by design.  When you add the column to the view, it still says "Icon linked to document".  This is clearly a bug.

  14. Mel Miante says:

    As a SharePoint 2007 User who has recently upgraded to 2010 I am totally miffed as to why you would remove this option? It really doesn’t make any sense! We will have to re-think our entire record management approach now….good one guys! Not impressed! Im hoping our IT gurus can use your workaround solution – but this seems ridiculous. Surely you can implement this as an add on feature for those who wish to use it?

    1. How you would compare and how looks your analyze result when you take a look on our more recent versions SharePoint 2013, 2016 or SharePoint Online (Office365) ?

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