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OneDrive - "The Specified View is Invalid" Error

By Katy Nicholson, posted on 10 June, 2019

"The specified view is invalid" error when viewing documents in OneDrive

After a long call to Microsoft it seemed the problem was that the default view on the SharePoint list had become corrupt and needed to be removed - problem being that as it was corrupt it wouldn't let me delete it, and it wouldn't let me set a different view as default. It was beginning to look like we'd have to open the site in Explorer (so via the old WebDAV) and duplicate all the contents - a very slow process for a large document library.

One of the things suggested was Sharepoint Designer, however when I tried to open the site in the version Microsoft Support directed me to, I was presented with "403 FORBIDDEN403 FORBIDDEN403 FORBIDDEN403 FORBIDDEN403 FORBIDDEN" as the error message. After spending a long time messing with permissions to no avail, it was getting towards hometime so arranged with Microsoft Support to pick it up after the weekend.

A few nights sleep later and I decide to have a try while waiting for them to call me back, and this time stick the Sharepoint Designer error into a search engine to discover - there's an update to the designer which fixes this issue! So to solve this you will need Sharepoint Designer 2013 with this update (, and Site Collection Admin permissions to the site. From Sharepoint Designer, click on Open Site, then enter the address in the format https://<tenancy><user_login_id>/ e.g. then hit Open. With any luck it'll open the designer:

Click on Lists and Libraries, then Documents. At the right hand side, click on "New ?". Enter a name and tick "Make this the default view". Once you've created this view, switch back to OneDrive in the browser and refresh - hopefully it's working now. You can then switch back to the designer, select the old views and hit the Delete key.

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