I recently discovered a checkbox on the "View" ribbon of the Experience Editor in Sitecore 8.1. This checkbox is used to display validation errors, but it is not checked by default.


How would I go about enforcing the following:

  1. The checkbox is checked by default
  2. The checkbox cannot be unchecked (my thinking is to just deny the read/write permission for this button. I just need to make sure it's checked first).

2 Answers 2


The value of the checkbox is set on a per user basis and stored against their profile (which means it is remembered across sessions and browsers/computers).

Force Field Validation to be Enabled

To force this checkbox to be enabled, you can set it against the user profile when they log in.

using Sitecore.Diagnostics;
using Sitecore.Pipelines.LoggedIn;
using Sitecore.Security.Accounts;
using Sitecore.Web.UI.HtmlControls;

namespace MyProject.CMS.Pipelines.LoggedIn
    public class UserLoggedIn
        public void Process(LoggedInArgs args)
            User user = User.FromName(args.Username, true);
            Assert.IsNotNull(user, "user");
            Registry.SetValue("/Current_User/Page Editor/Capability/FieldsValidation", "on");
            // Sitecore.ExperienceEditor.Constants.CheckboxTickedRegistryValue can also be used 
            // as a constant to "on" but you'll need to add a reference to the DLL

Then patch this into the loggedin pipeline:

      <processor mode="on" type="MyProject.CMS.Pipelines.LoggedIn.UserLoggedIn, MyProject.CMS" /> 

Force Checkbox to be Disabled

Edit the JS file located in /sitecore/shell/client/Sitecore/ExperienceEditor/Commands/EnableFieldsValidation.js and update the canExecute function to return false:

canExecute: function (context) {
  return false;

The checkbox should now appear checked and not changeable. You may have to force refresh the browser cache to pick up the updated JS file.

Field Validation

  • The only thing I'm hesitant to do is modify the JS file. I may end up leaving the checkbox as togglable. As long as when they re-log in it gets checked, I think we're ok.
    – Ben Lipson
    Commented Dec 5, 2016 at 16:23
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    @BenLipson Sure, that's understandable. But I wanted to provide you with a full answer :)
    – jammykam
    Commented Dec 5, 2016 at 17:37

Go to core db. Find the: "/sitecore/content/Applications/WebEdit/Ribbons/WebEdit/View/Capabilities/Field validation"

Now you can see the "webedit:hidecontrol" is used.

<command name="webedit:hidecontrol" type="Sitecore.ExperienceEditor.WebEdit.Commands.HideControl, Sitecore.ExperienceEditor" />

public class HideControl : WebEditCommand
    // Methods
    public override void Execute(CommandContext context)

    public override CommandState QueryState(CommandContext context) => 

Add your own command and update the method QueryState with CommandState.Enabled or CommandState.Down.

Hope it helps.

  • you beat me with your answer. Love it :).
    – phani
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 18:39
  • I just tried creating a class that extends HideControl and replacing the type of this command with the new one. The checkbox is still unchecked by default, and the validator is not active. I also tried just creating a new command and assigning it, and it didn't make a difference. I checked ShowConfig.aspx and it does indicate webedit:hidecontrol uses my new type.
    – Ben Lipson
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 19:42
  • You are right. It doesn't work. Sorry. I will try to figure out. I see I missed StringUtility.EvaluateCheckboxRegistryKeyValue
    – Vlad Shpak
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 23:48

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