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PageLayout.AssociatedContentType property

Gets or sets the associated SPContentType object that is used when creating a PublishingPage object with this PageLayout object.

Namespace:  Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing
Assembly:  Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing (in Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.dll)

public SPContentType AssociatedContentType { get; set; }

Property value

Type: Microsoft.SharePoint.SPContentType
The page content type that is associated with this PageLayout object.

This property indicates the content that this PageLayout object can render.

When a PublishingPage object is created based on this PageLayout object, its ContentType is set to the value of this AssociatedContentType, which allows the PublishingPage object to store data that this PageLayout object can render.

The page content type is used when creating a PublishingPage object that uses this PageLayout object.

If no AssociatedContentType has been specified in the PageLayout object, this value defaults to the base page SPContentType with ID equal to ContentTypeId.Page.

This example replaces the PageLayout object for all PublishingPage objects in a Web to a new PageLayout that renders the same type of content.

Before compiling and running this example, verify that the oldPageLayout and newPageLayout parameters render the same content. They should use the same AssociatedContentType value.

using PublishingPage = Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingPage;
using SPListItem = Microsoft.SharePoint.SPListItem;
using SPFile = Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFile;
using SPModerationStatusType = Microsoft.SharePoint.SPModerationStatusType;
using PublishingWeb = Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingWeb;
using SPUser = Microsoft.SharePoint.SPUser;
using PageLayout = Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PageLayout;
using PublishingPageCollection = Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingPageCollection;

namespace Microsoft.SDK.SharePointServer.Samples
    public static class PublishingPageCodeSamples
        public static void SwapPageLayout(PublishingWeb publishingWeb, 
          PageLayout oldPageLayout, PageLayout newPageLayout)
            // Replace these variable values and input parameters
            // with your own values.
            // The comment to set when the page is checked in, published,
            // and approved.
            string checkInComment = "Your comments";
            // Validate the input parameters.
            if (null == publishingWeb)
                throw new System.ArgumentNullException("publishingWeb");
            if (null == oldPageLayout)
                throw new System.ArgumentNullException("oldPageLayout");
            if (null == newPageLayout)
                throw new System.ArgumentNullException("newPageLayout");
            // Confirm that the oldPageLayout and newPageLayout are compatible.
            if (oldPageLayout.AssociatedContentType.Id != 
                throw new System.ArgumentException(
                    "The page layouts must render the same type of content",

            System.Guid oldPageLayoutId = oldPageLayout.ListItem.File.UniqueId;

            // Set the new PageLayout for all pages that use the old PageLayout.
            PublishingPageCollection publishingPages = 
            foreach (PublishingPage publishingPage in publishingPages)
                if (publishingPage.Layout.ListItem.UniqueId == 
                    if (publishingPage.ListItem.File.CheckOutStatus == 

                    publishingPage.Layout = newPageLayout;

                    // The PublishingPage has the same SPContentType as its PageLayout.
                        publishingPage.ContentType.Parent.Id ==




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