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Every day now there are great new scripts popping up that really really add to the visual presentation of websites. keep in mind a lot of these scripts can be used in SharePoint just as easily in many ways such as the Content Editor Web Part, Site Definitions as well as Page Templates.

One such script I stumbled across today is just too good not to share! Lightbox JS

Lightbox JS is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers.

How to Use:

Part 1 – Setup

1. Lightbox v2.0 uses the Prototype Framework and Scriptaculous Effects Library. You will need to include these three Javascript files in your header.

<script type="text/javascript" src="js/prototype.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/scriptaculous.js?load=effects"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/lightbox.js"></script>

2. Include the Lightbox CSS file (or append your active stylesheet with the Lightbox styles).

<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/lightbox.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />

3. Check the CSS and make sure the referenced prev.gif and next.gif files are in the right location. Also, make sure the loading.gif and close.gif files as referenced near the top of the lightbox.js file are in the right location.

Part 2 – Activate

1. Add a rel=”lightbox” attribute to any link tag to activate the lightbox. For example:

<a href="images/image-1.jpg" rel="lightbox" title="my caption">image #1</a>

Optional: Use the title attribute if you want to show a caption.

2. If you have a set of related images that you would like to group, follow step one but additionally include a group name between square brackets in the rel attribute. For example:

<a href="images/image-1.jpg" rel="lightbox[roadtrip]">image #1</a>
<a href="images/image-2.jpg" rel="lightbox[roadtrip]">image #2</a>
<a href="images/image-3.jpg" rel="lightbox[roadtrip]">image #3</a>

Visit the Lightbox JS site to download

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5 Responses

  1. Tom C says:


    Only a year late and i assume you have sorted this problem now but if not. Put it in a content editro webpart and you will get the dimming effect on the whoel screen as required.



  2. Parag says:

    Do you know if it can be activated on page load (conditionally) instead of clicking a link? Thanks!

  3. Andy says:

    It’s the Prototype.js library – not compatible with SharePoints content editor. Be interested to know if there is a fix?

  4. Richard Backer says:

    I’m using Lightbox on a site being viewed through a Sharepoint Page Viewer Web Part. Everything works, but is naturally limited to the window of the web part. Is there a way for the background dimming effect and enlarged graphic to appear in the parent window?

  5. Espen Geitsund says:

    The Lightbox scripts causes the Sharepoint 2007 html editor script to crash. Got any ideas how to disable the lightbox scripts when in edit mode?

    – Espen

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