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Reset to Site Definition in SharePoint 2010 Programmatically Using VS 2012

Posted by Vijay Prativadi Articles | SharePoint September 14, 2012
Today, in this article let’s play around with one of the interesting and most useful concepts in SharePoint 2010.
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Today, in this article let's play around with one of the interesting and most useful concepts in SharePoint 2010.

Question: What is reset to site definition?

In simple terms "It enables removal of all the customizations from a page or site".

Step 1: Open SharePoint 2010 Central Administration and navigate to a specific site.

Step 2: Open up Visual Studio 2012 and try to create a "SharePoint Visual Web Part" project, as in:


Step 3: Select "Deploy as a farm solution" as in the following and click the "Finish" button.



Step 4: The complete code of visualwebpart1usercontrol.ascx looks like this:


<%@ Assembly Name="$SharePoint.Project.AssemblyFullName$" %>

<%@ Assembly Name="Microsoft.Web.CommandUI, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>

<%@ Register TagPrefix="SharePoint" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls"

    Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>

<%@ Register TagPrefix="Utilities" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.Utilities" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>

<%@ Register TagPrefix="asp" Namespace="System.Web.UI" Assembly="System.Web.Extensions, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35" %>

<%@ Import Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint" %>

<%@ Register TagPrefix="WebPartPages" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages"

    Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>

<%@  Control Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="VisualWebPart1.ascx.cs"

    Inherits="ResetSiteDefApp.VisualWebPart1.VisualWebPart1" %>

<div style="text-align: center;">



            <td colspan="2">

                <asp:label id="Label1" runat="server" text="Reset Site Defination in SharePoint 2010 using VS 2012"

                    font-bold="true" font-size="Large" font-names="Verdana" forecolor="Maroon"></asp:label>




            <td colspan="2">

                <asp:button id="Button1" runat="server" text="Reset Site Defination" font-names="Verdana"

                    width="203px" backcolor="Orange" font-bold="True" onclick="Button1_Click" />





Step 5: The complete code of visualwebpart1usercontrol.ascx.cs looks like this:


using Microsoft.SharePoint;

using System;

using System.ComponentModel;

using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;namespace ResetSiteDefApp.VisualWebPart1



    public partial class VisualWebPart1 : WebPart


        // Uncomment the following SecurityPermission attribute only when doing Performance Profiling using

        // the Instrumentation method, and then remove the SecurityPermission attribute when the code is ready

        // for production. Because the SecurityPermission attribute bypasses the security check for callers of

        // your constructor, it's not recommended for production purposes.

        // [System.Security.Permissions.SecurityPermission(System.Security.Permissions.SecurityAction.Assert, UnmanagedCode = true)]

        public VisualWebPart1()



        protected override void OnInit(EventArgs e)





        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)



        protected void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)


            SPSite site = new SPSite("http://win-5c3g1lanj3k:29782/");

            foreach (SPWeb web in site.AllWebs)







Step 6: Deploy the solution file and add the new webpart to a SharePoint site.


Step 7: The output of the application looks like this:




Step 8: The reset to site definition output application looks like this:


I hope this article is useful for you.


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