SetList element (View)

Applies to: SharePoint 2016 | SharePoint Foundation 2013 | SharePoint Online | SharePoint Server 2013

Designates which list is current.

  Name = "Text"
  PreserveContext = "TRUE" | "FALSE"
  Scope = "Request">

Elements and attributes

The following sections describe attributes, child elements, and parent elements.


Attribute Description
Required Text. Specifies the name of the list.
Optional Boolean. If FALSE, implementing the SetList element reruns the database query that is necessary to fetch the data for a form that displays a single list item. This functionality is useful when a view and a form are on the same page. The default value is TRUE.
When set to Request, this attribute makes the list globally available to the page.

Child elements


Parent elements


  • Minimum: 0
  • Maximum: 1


When you use the SetList element, you need to use the internal name, which has no spaces and is invariant.

The SetList element has both a spanning and a nonspanning form, so that <SetList>Announcements</SetList> would be the same as <SetList Name="Announcements"/>.

The SetList element is often a child to a Method element used in batch processing of requests.


The following example returns the value of the Title field from the Lists table in the database if the current list equals the list that is looked up. Initially, the current list is temporarily assigned to a variable Old and then reinstated as the current list.

<SetVar Scope="Request" Name="Old">
   <GetVar Name="Lookup"/>
      <GetVar Name="Lookup"/>
      <ListProperty HTMLEncode="TRUE" Select="Title"/>
<SetList><GetVar Name="Old"/></SetList>

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