I've had several clients now that really hate the default look and feel of the basic Sharepoint page. To the point that they have me strip out everything, and reconfigure just a few zones and whatnot....
My current client even wanted me to remove the “Modify Shared Page” link. This left me with an interesting question.... If I remove that tag, how can I add web parts easily? Sure I can open the page in Frontpage, but we wanted a simpler approach. “Have your cake and eat it too“ comes to mind....
Is this even possible, some might wonder? Well it is, via querystring options on the command line:
|Add Web Parts/Browse
|Add Web Parts/Search
So for example, say you wanted to edit the Shared view of the default page:
Say you wanted to Browse web parts and add them to your Personal view:
You can mix and match, and the order of the options do not matter....
Hope this helps