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what is the difference between document library and List in sharepoint

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  • Hi,
        i am little bit confused regarding difference between Document library and List. Any one tell me the clear picture..thanks in advance.

    thanks and Regards,
    WoodSon.
    Thursday, November 05, 2009 1:01 PM

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    • Edited by Mike Walsh FIN Monday, November 09, 2009 4:33 PM sig removed. please change it. DO NOT ask people to mark your post
    • Marked as answer by Rock Wang– MSFT Friday, November 13, 2009 9:42 AM
    Thursday, November 05, 2009 1:17 PM
  • That thread is very much an InfoPath thread with lots of InfoPath content so I'll give this a quick answer in this thread.

    Lists is the general term. Libraries are special kinds of Lists.

    An item added to a document library (and other libraries) must be a file. You can't have a library without a file. You can specify versions for document libraries which naturally are different versions of that file.

    A non-Library list doesn't have a file. What you can do in all kinds of Lists is to add a column of type Hyperlink/Ímage and in that field you can put the URL of a document but that is the nearest you can come.

    That is the main outline. Some types of lists have different functions like for instance people only being able to read their own posts. But those aren't available in every type of List and aren't available at all with document libraries and other libraries.


    FAQ sites: (SP 2010) http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com; (v3) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com and (WSS 2.0) http://wssv2faq.mindsharp.com
    Complete Book Lists (incl. foreign language) on each site.
    Thursday, November 05, 2009 2:35 PM

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    • Edited by Mike Walsh FIN Monday, November 09, 2009 4:33 PM sig removed. please change it. DO NOT ask people to mark your post
    • Marked as answer by Rock Wang– MSFT Friday, November 13, 2009 9:42 AM
    Thursday, November 05, 2009 1:17 PM
  • That thread is very much an InfoPath thread with lots of InfoPath content so I'll give this a quick answer in this thread.

    Lists is the general term. Libraries are special kinds of Lists.

    An item added to a document library (and other libraries) must be a file. You can't have a library without a file. You can specify versions for document libraries which naturally are different versions of that file.

    A non-Library list doesn't have a file. What you can do in all kinds of Lists is to add a column of type Hyperlink/Ímage and in that field you can put the URL of a document but that is the nearest you can come.

    That is the main outline. Some types of lists have different functions like for instance people only being able to read their own posts. But those aren't available in every type of List and aren't available at all with document libraries and other libraries.


    FAQ sites: (SP 2010) http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com; (v3) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com and (WSS 2.0) http://wssv2faq.mindsharp.com
    Complete Book Lists (incl. foreign language) on each site.
    Thursday, November 05, 2009 2:35 PM
  • Mike, I was reading MSDN article and got to know that Document Library can have Check In/Out feature, but a List cannot have this.

    Thanks,
    Kamlesh
    Monday, February 22, 2010 9:05 AM
  • Hii,

    Aswell list wont ask us to attach a file or document mandatory while document library will ask in  MOSS 2010

     

    Cheers !!!

    Praveen

    • Proposed as answer by Abhay Shanker Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:32 PM
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010 8:01 PM