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Microsoft® SharePoint® Designer 2010 Unleashed by Kathy Hughes

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Reusable Custom Actions: Solution Files and Visual Studio

Reviewing the contents of a custom action created in SharePoint Designer is a great way to become familiar with the contents of an elements.xml file. In the previous section, you saw how to access the custom action elements.xml file by directly accessing the database CustomActions table. A less invasive way to access custom action files is to import a SharePoint site template into Visual Studio, which also enables you to access custom actions files. In addition, if you plan to create a Feature to extend on an existing list custom action, you could also potentially reuse a custom action elements.xml file.

When you save a SharePoint site as a template, the template is saved in the format ...

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