Open “I Need To” sharepoint web part issues and open links in a new window

If you add two “I Need To” sharepoint web part on the same page the webpart on the top works fine, but the webpart on the bottom does nothing.

1.Export the first webparts.


Export WebPart

2. Modify the XSLT in the webpart. Give a new ID (e.g id=”TasksAndToolsDDIDBusinessTools”). Add a placeholder for href (e.g href=”#”). Add a onclick JavaScript event (e.g onclick=”javascript:LABusinessTools_jumpMenu();).


Webpart's exported XSLT

3. Import the webpart. Edit the page. Click on ‘Add a Web part’. Click on ‘Advanced Web Part Gallery and Options’ on the add web part. Then import as show in the image below.

Import WebPart

Import WebPart

4. Find the portal.js on the SharePoint web server under “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS” and add
the JavaScript below. Make sure the ID you put in the XSLT is same as the ID use under document.getElementById().

function LAInternetLinks_jumpMenu() {
var el = document.getElementById(“TasksAndToolsDDIDInternetLinks”);
if (el != null)
var href =[el.selectedIndex].value);
if (href != "0")

5. Do step 1 to 4 for the second web part. The ID and the JavaScript name should be different.



Diganta Kumar is an experienced Technical Program Manager with a passion for technology. He has architected and developed software for over a decade for a broad range of industries. Diganta is a founder of two online IT businesses. He likes to help, mentor, and manage software development teams to improve and produce great software. He currently works as a Principal Program Manager for Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, he was with AWS for five years, where he managed large cross-functional programs on a global scale.

Tagged with:
Posted in SharePoint

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: