SharePoint at Work: Using and Creating Content Types

Content types are often misunderstood and underutilized. In this course, we will learn what a content type actually is and how to make the best use of one. We will explore using existing content types and create new ones for various team sites.
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(59)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 16, 2015
Duration
1h 45m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(59)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 16, 2015
Duration
1h 45m
Description

Content types are often misunderstood and underutilized. In this course, we will learn what a content type actually is and why we would want to use one. We will explore using existing site content types that are part of SharePoint right out of the box. Then, we will create a list content type and a document content type. We will also create and modify new site columns as well as work with existing site columns. We learn how to replace the default document template in a document library and build a content type around it.

About the author
About the author

Bill Kulterman is an educator, author, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Bill has been a trainer for more than a dozen years, educating students in Excel, Visio and a bevy of additional solutions. In recent years he has focused solely on SharePoint and SharePoint Online through Office 365. When he's not creating courses, he can usually be found riding his bike or relaxing near his Koi pond.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Explore and Use Content Types
Hi, welcome to Pluralsight. My name's Bill, and this module is Explore and Use Content Types. Let's go ahead and take a closer look at what we're going to talk about. We're going to start by taking a look at content types. SharePoint has a number of content types that come to us right out of the box that we can use. We'll go down that list and, like it says, take a look at them. We're going to see where those are and what kind of content types exist. Next, we're going to show you how to take one of those content types and add it. In this case, we're going to add it to a list, but it's the same process if you're going to add it to a library or any sort of SharePoint app. And then lastly, I'm going to show you how to then modify a content type. We've got some great stuff ahead, so let's go ahead and let's get started.

Create a New List Content Type
Hi, welcome to Pluralsight. My name's Bill, and this module is Create a New List Content Type. Boy that's a mouthful, isn't it? Well, like the title says, we are going to create a new content type to go in a new list app. Let's take a little bit of a closer look at what we're going to be working on in this lesson. We're going to start by preparing the list. We're simply going to create that app, we'll add a new item to it, we'll take a look at that, and then we will turn on the ability to allow the content types. Then we're going to go ahead and start to create that new content type. We'll add some of the existing site columns to it, and then we're going to go ahead and create new site columns. We will go ahead and, remember, we're trying to get away from simply using the out-of-the-box content types. Although they are great, and there are a lot of neat ones, our whole point here is to create a brand new content type specifically for our use, so we're going to have to create some new site columns to use in that. And then lastly, we'll add the content type to the list, and we'll use it. We'll take a look at it, we'll delete the old one, and we should be good to go. Sounds like a lot of fun, so why don't we go ahead and let's get started.

Create a New Document Content Type
Hi, welcome to Pluralsight. My name's Bill, and this module is Create a New Document Content Type. Well, we are going to do exactly what the title says, and you're going to find that this is very similar to the last module where we created a new list content type with one big exception, the document. But we'll talk more about that as we go along. First, let's take a look at what we're going to cover in this module. We're going to start by creating the document library. Very simple. We've done this before. I have a whole course on creating document libraries if you need to know how. Well, we're going to go through it real quick in here. Then we're going to change the library template. This is where we're going to have the biggest change from what we've already done in this course. Then we'll go ahead and create the content type, and you're going to see this is pretty much the exact same process as creating a list content type and then adding the content type to the library. Again, the same process as adding the list content type to the library. Still, it's different enough, and having that addition of that document makes this whole module worthwhile to watch because it's a lot different to think of these content types as lists and groups of columns than when you have that and an actual document template that we're using. But enough of that. Let's go ahead, and let's get started.