Connect to another library in SharePoint Designer 2010

August 1, 2010

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2007Connect to another library

“Connect to another library” from SharePoint Designer 2007 allows you to display data from another sites. It seems to disappear from SharePoint Designer 2010. The only workaround I found is detailed here.

Here are quick steps according to this source, to show data from another sub site on your SharePoint site:

Open SPD 2010 in the site you would like to display the data view in.

Click on “Data Sources” (1) then click “SOAP Service Connection” (2).

In the Data source properties window  insert the URL address of the site, in which your target list / library is located (3).

In the end of the web address add “_vti_bin/Lists.asmx” (for example – http://server/site/_vti_bin/Lists.asmx).

4 connect to web service

Click “Connect Now”. Under operation chose “GetListItems”.

4 connect to web service2

Now, we need listName & viewName – Go to the view you would like to display – there you can determine which fileds you will see in your data view. Click “modify this view”.

1 modify this view

Drill down to the bottom of the page, where you will find the list ID and the view ID.

2 view list and view id

Now, you need to decode the URL, you can do it with the help of this site.

3 url decoder

Back to the data source properties window, fill the fields listName &viewName according to the URL address you decoded above.

Click OK.

6 view id

Insert the data into your page: detach your page from its layout.

8 deatach from page layout

Click “Insert” tab > Data View > choose your web service data source:

9 enter data view of lists

now you can edit your data view as usual.

10 the data view

See it in the browser:

11 from the broeswer

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  1. Marty PMarch 25, 2011 ב 4:38 AM

    I do not get this information in any of the Modify View windows:

    Drill down to the bottom of the page, where you will find the list ID and the view ID.

  2. LauraJuly 22, 2011 ב 6:07 PM

    Hi – This was great! I got it to work when trying to display from another site collection on the same server, but could not get it to work when trying to display a library on another server. Do you know if it should work in theory? The message I am getting in the Data Source Deatils window is “The server returned a non-specific error when trying to get data from the data source. Check the format of your query and try again. If the problem persists, contact the server Admin.


  3. Bruno OkamotoOctober 17, 2011 ב 7:39 PM


    Is this only possible with the Publishing Site Infrastructure?
    I’m working on a intranet site using SP 2010 Foundation so no Publishing Site Feature/Infrastructure.

    The “Data Sources” is not being displayed in SP Designer 2010.

    Is there any other way?



  4. Bruno OkamotoOctober 17, 2011 ב 7:46 PM


    sorry, disregard my previous post.
    Found it 😉


  5. Alan BulmerFebruary 15, 2012 ב 7:37 PM

    Hi There
    I’m new to all this, and I lost the thread when I got to

    “Insert the data into your page: detach your page from its layout”

    Which page does this refer to ? – is ithe page that I want my list to appear on – my list page?

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    Thanks for the solution. However i cant see the SOAP connections in dataview when i try to add it to a SitePage. Is it something related to level of access or am missing some steps ?

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  19. DavidNovember 6, 2013 ב 6:40 PM

    IT people are terrible at documenting things…

    How do I even perform the step below? You need to provide the steps to do that…

    “Insert the data into your page: detach your page from its layout.”