Hide the ‘Attach Files’ Option

So I got asked today for a way to block end users from attaching files to list items on a particular list. So I whipped out jQuery and quickly wrote a little selector to hide that page region. So you can see I just go off of the Attach File image and go up a few levels to get both img and the text label. Then I flag them as hidden.

$(‘[title=”Attach File”]’).parent().parent().parent().css(“display”, “none”);
  1. #1 by Marc D Anderson on March 31, 2011 - 3:59 pm

    If you’ve ever heard of me, you’ll know that I am a *huge* jQuery fan. However, this is, to me, an excellent example if a time not to use jQuery. A simple bit of CSS will take care of it and be more reliable.

    Understanding when to pull out jQuery and when not to is one of the things I try to teach my students at USPJ Academy (http://uspja.com).


    • #2 by Maarten on March 31, 2011 - 4:14 pm

      Unfortunately with how SharePoint 2007 has the attach item done theres really no good selector for CSS (pre-CSS3) to get just the attach item link and image. Using normal CSS2.x selectors you would end up hiding quite a few page regions.

      But you’re absolutely right, if you have your page elements properly segmented and identified CSS is a MUCH better route to go.

  2. #3 by Marc Anderson on April 1, 2011 - 4:26 am


    There’s always a way to do the selection in CSS; it just takes practice.

    That said, several people have pointed out the more obvious solution on Twitter: simply disable attachments for the list through the UI.


  3. #4 by Nate on July 2, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    I had a requirement to allow this on some forms and not on others within the same list. The easiest way I’ve found to do this at the form level is to create a custom form in SP Designer and check the box to disable the standard toolbar. This will make it so the attachment link isn’t visible for that form. No coding required.

  4. #5 by Maarten on July 2, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    This was a fringe case where Designer wasn’t an option, and it had existing attachments that needed to continue to be accessed. Only new forms should not be allowed. So jQuery 🙂

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