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_Layouts Page

SharePoint 2007

Represents any page stored in the _layouts virtual directory in SharePoint Products and Technologies.

Real World Example

A developer must create a custom page display in the site administration area for all site collections. She develops a new page that is stored in the _layouts directory and that will be called by a new custom action.

Technical Details

The _layouts directory hosts application pages, which contain general administration and settings for SharePoint Products and Technologies. Pages in the _layouts folder operate much like any ASPX page, for example, allowing inline code. However, they cannot contain Web Part zones.

The _layouts folder refers to the following file system location:

%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS

The _layouts virtual directory is available as a subfolder of every SharePoint Web site, which makes it easy and convenient to refer to _layouts files such as images or ECMAScript files (JScript, JavaScript) by using relative paths.

Support Details

Pages stored in the _layouts folder are available globally on the server

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