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Posted 6 Jul 2012

SharePoint 2010 – Create Site Column Example

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In this article we can explore the creation of Site Columns inside SharePoint user interface.

SharePoint 2010 – Create Site Column Example

In this article we can explore the creation of Site Columns inside SharePoint user interface.

What are Site Columns?

Site Columns provides a central, reusable column definition.  A site column can be used across sub sites or lists inside the site collection.

Creating a Lookup Site Column

In this example we are creating a new Site Column of type Lookup.  The site column is needed to capture the supported state for courier services. 

Currently the following countries are supported:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Texas

As time goes by more and more states are supported by the courier company.  The site column provides the advantage of making the change in only one place and all the associated lists are reflected with the change.    

Step 1: Create a site column

Open the SharePoint site and select Site Actions > Site Settings > Site Columns.   In the appearing page use the Create button to create a new site column.

Step 2: Enter the Column Details

Enter the column details as shown below:

Click the OK button to save the changes. 

Step 3: Create a new sub site

Create a new sub site using Site Actions > New Site.  After creating the site, create a new List inside it deriving from Custom List.

After creating the list go to the List Settings screen and select the Add from existing columns option in the Columns section.

Step 4: Add the new site column

In the appearing dialog select the Service State which should be listed.

Click the Add button to add the column into list.  Click the OK button to save the changes.  Going back to the list you can try adding a new item.

The Site Column is ready with the values in the add dialog as shown below:

Step 5: Testing the new site column

This concludes our creation of Site Column and using it across another sub site list.

Step 6: Adding New Value

Imagine that there are around a dozen of lists using the above site column.  Now the courier service added support to the state Colorado.  In this case do not need to change all the lists.  Instead modify only the Site Column.

Go to Main Site > Site Actions > Site Settings > Site Columns and select our Site Column for editing.  Add the new value Colorado and save the changes.

Back to the list try adding a new item and you should be able to see the new value there.



In this article we have explored the creation of site columns using SharePoint 2010 and the convenience of changing it.  In real world scenarios Site Columns are good aid to maintain the consistency across sites.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Jean Paul V.A
United States United States
Jean Paul is a Microsoft MVP and Architect with 12+ years of experience. He is very much passionate in programming and his core skills are SharePoint, ASP.NET & C#.

In the academic side he do hold a BS in Computer Science & MBA. In the certification side he holds MCPD & MCTS spanning from .Net Fundamentals to SQL Server.

Most of the free time he will be doing technical activities like researching solutions, writing articles, resolving forum problems etc. He believes quality & satisfaction goes hand in hand.

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