Using built-in content types in SharePoint 2010

Shameem Ahmed 29 December 2011 0

Content type is one of the fundamental features through which SharePoint 2010 manages all its data. Content type is essentially a template of columns and custom behaviour managed centrally and it can be reused as many times as needed throughout SharePoint web sites.

Built-in Content Types

SharePoint 2010 provides a vast list of built-in content types that suite various business needs. It’s always advisable to make use of built-in content type before considering creating a custom content type.

The following is the list of the built-in content types provided by SharePoint 2010.

Group Content type Description
Folder Discussion Create a new discussion topic.
Summary task Group and describe related tasks that you or your team needs to complete
Group Work Circulation
New Word
Official Notice
Phone Call Memo
Resource Group
What’s New notification
List Announcement Create a new news item, status or other short piece of information
Comment Create a new blog comment
Contact Store information about a business or personal contact
East Asia Contact
Event Create a new meeting, deadline or other event
Issue Track an issue or problem.
Link Create a new link to a Web page or other resource
Post Create a new blog post
Reservations Reserve resource
Schedule Create new appointment
Schedule and Reservations Create a new appointment and reserve a resource
Task Track a work item that you or your team needs to complete

Using built-in Content Types in SharePoint list

To use built-in content types, we need to create or use an existing SharePoint list or document library.

1. Open the SharePoint list for which we need to add the content type and select List Settings.

2. Click Advance Settings from General Settings group

3. Select Yes for Allow management of content types?

4. Click OK to Save changes

5. Click Add from existing site content types from Content Types section

6. Select List Content Types and Event

7. Click the Add > button to select the content type and click OK to save the changes

8. Go back to the list and select Event from New item dropdown button in the Items tab in the ribbon.

9. Enter new event details in the popup and click Save to create the new event.



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