May 11, 2010

Removing a column from a Document Library in SharePoint 2007

Now I may not have done this the right way or what not, but I could not find the “proper” way to remove a column. I’m a bit of a noob to SP 2007 but apparently I’m the new SharePoint “go-to” guy. I was then tasked to find a way to remove a column from one of our document libraries. So I went into SP, loaded the document library found the list of columns there and clicked on the one I wanted to edit. Then what’s this there is no delete or remove button. So I canceled out, tried to google how to remove it. Still no help. This really can’t be as hard as it seems. So after a while of trying things that made since I figured I’d just start trying random stuff.

After hours of trying random stuff it all worked out. So I figure if anyone else has this issue I’ll post it here to hopefully help any other poor lost souls like me. Without further random words coming out of my mouth, here’s what I did.

1. Load your Document Library

2. Under Settings click on “Document Library Settings”

3. Click Advanced Settings

4. Set the Content Types to YES

5. Click OK to save it

6. Under Content Types click on probably your only Content Type to edit it.

7. Click on the column you want to remove, and set it to Hidden.

Then you’re all done. It should be removed and no one will know it was there. Where the delete button was supposed to be or where it had gone? No idea, but that’s how I removed it.

By FreedomChicken

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