How to Create a Column in SharePoint Documents Library

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a column for SharePoint Documents library.


Columns allow easy tracking of the current status of all project-related documents like –

  • Manuals
  • Planning documents
  • Training presentations

Because you do not require users to punch in just any value as the status, you are providing a list of most common choices. Here, we have assumed that you need a choice column that can enable you to easily specify the complete release status of all documents stored in a document library.

The status can be specified as –

  • Alpha
  • Beta
  • Final Release

A choice column provides users a full list of values for suitable selecting. The values are presented in a drop-down menu to users for making a selection. Creating New Column in Documents Library


Following is the procedure to creating a new column –

Step 1 :

From your team site’s main page, select Documents as shown in the side navigation bar

Step 2 :

Select Library tab as displayed in the ribbon

Step 3 :

From the Library tab’s “Manage Views” section, select “Create Column”. Once the Create Column window gets displayed, enter following column properties in the boxes

How to Create a Column in SharePoint Documents Library


Step 4 :

Click OK. This will complete the process of new column creation.
To learn more, go through our other SharePoint tutorials.


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