SharePoint: Fixing a 404 Error "Temporarily Down"


This article details steps to take if you have accidentally deleted your SharePoint site's home page and are now receiving a 404 error when you try to navigate to the page.



If you have deleted your SharePoint site's home page, and are now receiving a 404 Error "Site not available" message when you try to navigate to your page, simply copy & paste either of the text strings below and add them to the end of the URL for your SharePoint site.

  • /_layouts/15/AdminRecycleBin.aspx?view=5
  • /_layouts/15/viewlsts.aspx?view=14

These will take you to the recycle bin or contents folder of the SharePoint site.

If you are unhappy with your home page, you can create additional pages - call them "home 1" or "home 2", and set those up the way you wish. Then, you can set as home page when you are finished.

Need additional help?

Further information on logging in to SharePoint sites can be found at Microsoft - Sign in to SharePoint or contact the ET&S Help Desk team on your local campus.

Please fill out the Microsoft 365 Support webform with as much detail as possible, or contact the ET&S Help Desk team on your local campus.



Article ID: 4088
Tue 8/3/21 3:46 PM
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