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Customize styles/formatting of SharePoint list column header rows

Note: This post applies to on-premise/server lists or O365 lists set to “classic” view. This will not work on modern views.

A little style on column header rows goes a long way. For example, just a background color and font adjustment can take your list from:

Before:

headerwithoutstyle

to
After:

headerstyle

Here’s how you can apply your own styles to your list(s).

Create the style

We’re simply going to add a CSS file to your “Site Assets” folder (Settings –> Site Contents –> Site Assets). You can do this any of three different ways:

  • Download, then drag and drop this file into your Site Assets folder within your browser, or
  • Copy and paste the following script into a text file using notepad or a similar simple text editing program and save as “headers.css” (must have the .css extension in file name). Then drag and drop the file into Site Assets.
  • Create a new CSS file within SharePoint Designer and save it to Site Assets as headers.css.

Change the colors and font style as needed and save again.

Add the style to your list(s)

  1. Navigate to the list where you’re adding the style
  2. Edit page
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  3. Add a Web Part
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  4. Media and Content –> Content Editor –> Add
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  5. Edit Web Part
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  6. Type “/siteassets/header.css” in the link field
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  7. Expand “Appearance” and set Chrome State to “Minimized”  and Chrome Type to “None” then click OK
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  8. Stop editing the page
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That’s it!

Want to take it a step further? Make your headers float/stick as you scroll!
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  1. Here’s how to make sticky/floating headers
  2. Copy the script from this post and paste it at the top of the file you download in the sticky headers tutorial
  3. Search for “background-color: white;” and replace it with the same background color your used in your styling above (#00426A; in my example)
    floating modification
  4. Save your changes to the downloaded file and follow the rest of the steps in the other post. Use the content editor you’ve already added in this post, replacing the /SiteAssets/headers.css line (since we added the script to top of the stickyheaders script) with the /SiteAssets/stickyheaders.js script which includes both.
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11 Comments

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  2. Jesus

    Reply

    It os possible forma sharepoint online? Pues serves are from MS.thanks

    • Reply

      It is possible for SharePoint Online (O365), and I did this example and screenshots in SharePoint Online (O365). You just have to make sure the list you’re adding it to is in classic view (list settings –> advanced settings –> Display this list using the new or classic experience? –> Classic Experience).

  3. Tania

    Reply

    I tried the column header background. It worked! But it also knocked out the List Settings toolbar. how do I get that back?

    • Reply

      Drag the content editor beneath the list web part when in edit mode. Or drag the list above the content editor. If still having no luck, just click in white space on the list, like next to the list of views, and it should appear.

  4. Geir

    Reply

    Keep up the good work. I’ve been looking for this, but also need to add search/filter on columns. Is that possible out-of-the-box or we need to create a WebPart and Jquery?

  5. Lindsay

    Reply

    When I go to edit the list – after adding this formatting and sticky headers, it converts the font back to grey and small in edit mode. Is there a piece of the script I am missing where I can change that? Ive been reading through that and cant seem to find it.

    • Scott Ross

      Reply

      I noticed this as well myself. I’m looking into this and trying to get exact code to adjust this. I noticed that it reverts the headers here to links. For example, the below code is one such example I found that controlled this and made them white. I’m hoping for our sake MS gave a second reference that doesn’t change links… I’ll update if I find something of more relevance as it also messes with the Left nav if you don’t have a theme set on it…

      a, .ms-link {
      color: white !important;

      }

      • Scott Ross

        Reply

        Lindsay, here’s the reference to use in your CSS. Then you can add whatever changes you need or want accordingly.

        .ms-spGrid-HeaderContentStyle a {

        }

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