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SharePoint URL Shortener

5 October, 2011 (14:57) | SharePoint | By: Liebrand

A few years ago I developed a free SharePoint URL Shortener and released it to the community. I have not had much time to go back to it since.  I had some time recently and decided to add a feature that I have wanted to have for a long time and many have asked for.

With the release of 1.0.2, you can now customize the short name before it gets created.  If you do not specify a name then one will be generated for you.

The following screenshots show the process:

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If you decide not to customize the name, you simply click “Ok” and one is generated for you:

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You can download this solution from my CodePlex site at

Future plans for this solution include:

  • Removing the dependency on Central Admin
  • Allowing users to update shortened URLs
  • Provide a list of shortened URLs assigned to an item


SharePoint URL Shortener 1.0.3 was released that added initial SharePoint 2010 support.

SharePoint 2010 Generate URL

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  • Piscus

    Paul, your solution works great.  I noticed that if I use the solution to short a wiki page but the wiki page gets renamed later on then the shortname will no longer work. 

    I was wondering if it would be possible to use the ID of the file, item or page within the library or list instead of the name. Would that be possible?


  • Luis Lebron

    We have been using URL shortener for quite a while. Thanks you for a great product. But recently the users have noticed a problem. If you open a document in an SP document library using a shortened url you cannot edit the document. The “edit document” button and yellow bar never shows up. If you try to edit it anyway it tells you the document is read only and cannot be updated. If you access the document using the standard link then the edits work without any problems.
    Any ideas on what may be happening?