SharePoint list cannot be displayed in Datasheet view

Posted: August 13, 2011 in sharepoint 2007

You receive The list cannot be displayed in Datasheet view for one or more of the following reasons: A datasheet component compatible with Windows SharePoint Services is not installed, your browser does not support ActiveX controls, or support for ActiveX controls is disabled error message when you trying to view SharePoint list in Datasheet view.

Root Cause:

If you are using MS Office 2007, the Microsoft Office Access Web Datasheet Component and the Windows SharePoint Services Support components are not installed on your machine

Resolution:

If you are using MS Office 2007, you have to make sure Web Datasheet Component installed with Office 2007 software. 

Start menu -> Control Panel -> Add Remove Programs

  • Select MSOffice Professional 2007 plus -> click on “Change”
  • Choose “Add or Remove Features”
  • Expand Microsoft Office -> Next verify that you have both the Microsoft Office Access Web Datasheet Component and the Windows SharePoint Services Support component installed. If you didn’t see these two components, install it by using media.
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