SharePoint List – Understanding Crucial List Elements

A List in SharePoint offers a systematic way to store and display information. Items, Columns and Views are the three core elements of a SharePoint List.

In this tutorial, we will know about these different elements of SharePoint list in detail.


Items :

In a row, an Item refers to a row. So, a SharePoint list that includes information on customers may have a unique list item for each single customer. Each of these unique list items is also referred as customer record/customer row


Columns :

A Column in a list refers to a field. A Column referred as “metadata” in SharePoint list includes descriptive information about that item.

Considering the case of customer item in a SharePoint list, columns describing the customer would typically be –

  • Phone number
  • Physical address
  • Mailing address
  • E-mail address



A view in SharePoint displays a subset of information available in the list. It can thus be the customers who have been added during a particular time period.

A List in SharePoint can have multiple Views. You can quite easily create a view in SharePoint for –

  • Addressing the informational needs of a user
  • Displaying entire list information with predefined sequence of items

We hope this tutorial explains the concept of core SharePoint List elements in detail.

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