MyWidgets just got better – Option to hide and unhide display of widget thumbnail

Disclaimer: The following is from the release notes of Notes 8.5.2 so I don’t take credit for writing this. Lotus Notes 8.5.2 is in beta and there are no guarantees that the features described here will be in the final product that IBM ships.

You can now control whether a widget’s thumbnail is visible in the My Widgets sidebar panel. As an administrator or power user you can add a hideThumbnail=true or hideThumbnail=false parameter to the palleteItem element in the widget’s XML. Users can hide any visible widget thumbnail using a new “Hide” user interface option. Users can un-hide all hidden widget thumbnails using a new “Show All” user interface option.

To prevent users from displaying a hidden widget thumbnail, add the following statement to the user’s plugin_customization.ini file:

An administrator or power user can create a widget, export it, and manually add a flag that controls whether the widget is hidden on the My Widgets sidebar panel. If you install a widget that has been modified in this way, the widget will not be visible on the My Widgets sidebar panel. A “Show All” option becomes enabled. The attribute that controls this feature is hideThumbnail and is set in the widget’s .XML.

  • hideThumbnail=true — Hides the widget thumbnail in the My Widgets sidebar panel
  • hideThumbnail=false — (default) Displays the widget thumbnail in the My Widgets sidebar panel


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<webcontextConfiguration version="1.1">
<palleteItem hideThumbnail="true" id="Test1"
    title="Test1" url="file:///c:/provUpdateSite2/site.xml">

You can disable display of the client’s “Hide” and “Show All” options by adding the preference to the user’s plugin_customization.ini file.

  • — Prevents display of Hide” and “Show All” options
  • — (default) Allows display of Hide” and “Show All” options