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  • Recently, one of my users discovered that she could no longer edit folder metadata in the datasheet view on a library.  She is still able to edit documents in a datasheet view, but the folders (which are custom folder types) cannot be edited and the datasheet view always says "Read-only" in the bottom right hand corner.  Her credentials have not changed since she was able to edit folder metadata.  I have scowered Google and MSDN and I can't find any similar issue reported.  Has anyone seen this issue with custom folder type metadata?
    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 1:25 AM

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  • Hello,

     

    I can reproduce the same issue as yours, and after research, I’ve found that’s a by design behavior. Though the document library may have custom columns that are editable when you  upload a document, or when you switch to datasheet view, a sub-folder in the document library will -- in datasheet view -- appear in the file list with these same columns as available fields; however, these fields will be read only. We can't edit or add metadata to those document library properties in datasheet view for a subfolder of the document library, because “folder” is a special content type which is different from other document items. The “folder” content type does not share the common document library columns as other document items. You can notice that even though you edit some folder  through GUI, you will still only be able to change the name of the subfolder.

     

    Regards,

    Jerry


    Xing-Bing Yu
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 2:14 AM

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  • Nothing to do with Collaboration.

    Moving to the normal admin forum.
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    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 6:06 AM
  • Hello,

     

    I can reproduce the same issue as yours, and after research, I’ve found that’s a by design behavior. Though the document library may have custom columns that are editable when you  upload a document, or when you switch to datasheet view, a sub-folder in the document library will -- in datasheet view -- appear in the file list with these same columns as available fields; however, these fields will be read only. We can't edit or add metadata to those document library properties in datasheet view for a subfolder of the document library, because “folder” is a special content type which is different from other document items. The “folder” content type does not share the common document library columns as other document items. You can notice that even though you edit some folder  through GUI, you will still only be able to change the name of the subfolder.

     

    Regards,

    Jerry


    Xing-Bing Yu
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 2:14 AM