How do I? – Add a new Site Column in SharePoint 2007

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in How Do I...

To add a new Site Column that can be used universally, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to SA/SS/MASS.

  2. Under Galleries, click “Site columns”.

  3. In the menu bar, click “Create”.

  4. Under the Name and Type section, set the “Column name” to the name you wish to use for this column. In our case, we’re just using TestSiteColumn as the name.

  5. In the “Type of information in this column” field, select the type of field you wish to use. For our example, I’m just using the default “Single line of text”.
  6. In the Group section, select the Group in which you wish to place the new Site Column. For our example, I’m just going to leave it in the default “Custom Columns” group.

  7. In the Additional Column Settings section, you can add a Description for your new Site Column.
  8. By default the “Require that this column contains information” field is set to “No”. If you wish the site column to be required, set this value to “Yes” now.
  9. For a “Single line of text” field, the default length is 255 characters. If you wish to shorten the field, you can do so by changing this value.
  10. The “Default value” setting is set to “Text” by default, but there’s no value in the text box. Set the default value you wish to use for this field here, if you want.

  11. Lastly, click the “OK” button to add the new Site Column.
  12. The new Site Column should now show up in the Site Column list under the “Custom Columns” group.



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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