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Friday, October 14, 2011

content type in SharePoint 2010

Content types can provide is a way to define the type of the content stored in SharePoint and proper fields to associate with that content. For example I want to store company name field with every word document. or you can say a content type is a collection of settings that can be applied to different types of content. Content types can be applied to SharePoint list. SharePoint can store multiple content types in a document library. Only one content type can be applied to a particular item in a document library or list.

Each content type has a distinctive set of properties and metadata that describe the content. This can include fields that are associated with the content type that can be displayed as columns in the list or document library. It can also include a specific document template used when creating instances of the content type.

Each content type inherits its attributes and settings from a parent content type. So every time you want to create a content type we need to select an existing parent content type.
All content types are stored in hierarchy. And in the root System content type is there, and below that Items content type is there. We could distingush as Site content type and list content type.Site content types are templates that are available throughout the site collection. And list content type are available to that list and to none of the other sites or lists. You can also check a good article on how to create content type in SharePoint 2010 using Visual Studio 2010.

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