Managing Visual Upgrade in SharePoint 2010

If you have a custom Master Page, you won’t see visual upgrade in the drop down.

There are two ways of getting there otherwise…

  1. Site Actions | Site Settings, then click Title, description, and icon under Look and Feel.
  2. Another option is to simply append /_layouts/prjsetng.aspx to the end of your site collection or site URL. You can also go into site settings


What if I a user performed the visual upgrade skipped the preview and chose Update the user interface and it broke a bunch of things, and now I don’t see the link, because it’s gone!

For these scripts you can save them as whatever.ps1 and you can execute them by adding adding the . to execute. Such as " .whatever.ps1" For some reason it brings me back to my Unix days.

Powershell Script to Undo the Visual Upgrade:

$Web=Get-SPWeb http://<site&gt;





Powershell Script to Display sites upgraded:

Now you want to know which sites have been visually upgraded. Thanks to Michael Doyle for sharing this script (replace <site> with your web app URL):

$web = Get-SPWeb "http://<site>&quot;

foreach($subweb in $web.GetSubwebsForCurrentUser())


write-host "Site:" $subweb.Title " Version:" $subweb.UIVersion

foreach($subweb2 in $subweb.GetSubwebsForCurrentUser())


write-host " Site:" $subweb2.Title " Version:" $subweb2.UIVersion

foreach($subweb3 in $subweb2.GetSubwebsForCurrentUser())


write-host " Site:" $subweb3.Title " Version:" $subweb3.UIVersion

foreach($subweb4 in $subweb3.GetSubwebsForCurrentUser())


write-host " Site:" $subweb4.Title " Version:" $subweb4.UIVersion






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Joel Oleson

Traveling is my passion. My quest to visit every country in the world while fully employed, raising a family and keeping my marriage healthy. I'm not just country hopping, but looking for the most immersive cultural experiences and capturing them as photos and videos. When not traveling, I'm living in paradise in sunny southern California working at Blizzard Entertainment, the world's most successful video game company in the world.

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