Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
The Content Types
Creating a new Content Type
When you create a new content type, it needs to have a parent content type to be based upon.
So when you create a new content type, say for a document library, you can use the default
document item content type as the base. Then you can configure it, for example by specifying
particular fields or the template that will be associated with it to make it unique. Once a content
type is created, it can become a base for other new content types if necessary.
Parent content types available by default in SharePoint fall under certain headings:
Custom Content Types This is the content type group where content types that you create
are listed, unless you specify otherwise.
Document Content Types These content types are what are likely to be stored in a
document library, such as a document (the default content type for a library, which contains
default fields and is associated with the template assigned to the library), web page, picture,
and even master page. There is also the Link to a Document content type, which is used to
link to a file in a different location, a la Send To linking.
Folder Content Types This list of content types is short. There is the content type
associated with discussions, the default for simply creating a new folder, and now also a Summary
Task folder type.
Group Work Content Types The Group Work site template, new in this version of
SharePoint, has its own unique lists, calendars, libraries, and, correspondingly, its own
content types. They are not necessarily meant to be used outside of that site.
List Content Types The content types in this group are the standard items applied to most
default lists, such as Contacts, Announcement, Issues, and Tasks. Included is the option Item,
which is used in custom lists as the default for list items and enforces the Title field requirement.