A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013

A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013
A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013 - Book by Saifullah Shafiq

Sunday, January 5, 2014

SharePoint 2013 - Web Part Properties are disabled

Are you wondering where web part properties have gone in SharePoint 2013? Have you given up after searching for clues in Google? You add a web part to the page but you are unable to edit it because properties are nowhere to be seen. All you see is an arrow that shows/hides the web part. You are unable to select the web part on the page! Ok, the reason for all these symptons is the browser. I started facing this problem all of a sudden. The only thing I remember I did before this problem started was installing a cummulative update for SharePoint. I thought the update has messed permissions somehow so I tried to fix those as well but all in vain. Finally, I opened SharePoint 2013 site in Chrome and it was working fine, I could see the web part properties. That made me think about the IE and I checked the version, it was 11. Upon checking updates in the Control Panel, I found out that a recent update had installed IE11 on the machine. Automatic updates are enabled on my server and I was using this server after a long time. The previous version installed was IE9. I uninstalled the update that installed IE11, restarted the server and web part properties are back. I am sharing this because I couldn't find a clue on the search engines. So, if you are in the same situation, check your browser version and revert back to the version that was working.


  1. Thanks!
    Run into that problem a few minutes ago.
    Because of you it's solved now.
    Thanks again!

  2. Thanks a lot!!
    Your post helped me. :)