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javascript: Alert Me on a Page

Recently I needed to add an Alert Me link on Pages. Alert Me is a well known SharePoint functionality for notifying users about changes in list or list items. It is availabe in OOB SharePoint as a command in Ribbon if you go to a list view:


When you click on this ribbon command, SharePoint opens a modal dialog and takes you to layouts page: SubNew.aspx. To open a modal dialog and load a page is not a rocket science. So a custom “Alert Me” link is doable.

As the first step I copied the html markup from the ribbon and adjusted it a little bit.

<span class="ms-cui-img-16by16 ms-cui-img-cont-float" 
   style="margin-right: 2px;">
   <img alt="" src="/_layouts/15/1033/images/formatmap16x16.png?rev=23" 
       style="top: -295px; left: -19px;margin-top: 2px;">
<a href="javascript:takana.alertMe();">Alert Me</a>

Then the javascript code which gets the List ID and Page ID is very simple because this information is there in the magic _spPageContextInfo:

var takana = window.takana || {};
takana.alertMe = function () {
    var url = String.format("{0}/{1}/SubNew.aspx?List={2}&ID={3}"
        , _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl
        , _spPageContextInfo.layoutsUrl
        , encodeURI(_spPageContextInfo.pageListId)
        , _spPageContextInfo.pageItemId);

This code will open a modal dialog in exactly the same way as the ribbon command in OOB SharePoint and let you subscribe to changes on that page. In this code I use String.format which is available on SharePoint pages and _spPageContextInfo which has existed since SharePoint 2010 and has been extended with more useful information about the current context.


One response to “javascript: Alert Me on a Page

  1. Shaun David Wilkinson 2014-02-25 at 14:15

    How would I do exactly this but with a custom list instead of the site?

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