How can I create a site column from a list column? RRS feed

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  • I have ten individual list columns that I would like to use for other lists now by creating site columns on the parent site. Instead of creating each column manually I was wondering whether there is any tool to do it (such as export/ import as spreadsheet, or create by existing column (which usually only works for site columns, but not the other way round).


    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 10:31 AM

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  • There is no way to export list columns to turn them into site columns other than saving the list as a template and then importing the definition into Visual Studio from the template.  But even doing that you will eventually need to delete the list columns and recreate them as site columns.  I'm not sure exporting them as a template and using Visual Studio to re-implement them saves you any time over deleting them and rebuilding them manually.

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    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 12:18 PM