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File doesn’t exist error when setting Document Template for Content Type

June 7, 2011

Simple error, simple solution:

Can be annoying when you want to assign a document template for a SharePoint content type with copy-pasting the URL into the Document Template field on Content Type Advanced Settings page (/_layouts/ChangeContentTypeOptionalSettings.aspx) and you get the following error:

File doesn’t exist at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPContentType.set_DocumentTemplate(String value)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.ApplicationPages.ChangeContentTypeOptionalSettingsPage.UpdateContentType()
at Microsoft.SharePoint.ApplicationPages.ChangeContentTypeOptionalSettingsPage.OnSubmit(Object o, EventArgs e)
at System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button.OnClick(EventArgs e)
at System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button.RaisePostBackEvent(String eventArgument)
at System.Web.UI.Page.RaisePostBackEvent(IPostBackEventHandler sourceControl, String eventArgument)
at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)

If you copy-paste the same URL into the browser’s address bar it works fine.
Possible solution: remove a trailing space from the URL. That is not trimmed by SharePoint so it cannot open the URL .

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