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Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2007 Bible by Simeon Cathey, Wayne Tynes, Wynne Leon

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Implementing SharePoint Lists and Libraries

SharePoint lists and libraries can be created from the list and library templates provided, or created as custom lists according to your needs. The templates that SharePoint provides include some basic functionality to meet the purpose of the lists. You can customize the columns for both lists that are created from templates and custom lists.

Document libraries are specialized list types where each item is a file that can also have additional columns, or metadata, associated with that file. When using a document library, the primary action opens the file as opposed to the list item to view the metadata and see associated file attachments. Document libraries also have an associated template file that is used as the basis for creating new files to be stored in the document library.

Using the SharePoint list templates

The SharePoint list templates fall into four areas:

  • Communications: These list templates focus on connecting site users by providing platforms for sharing contact information, ideas, and announcements.

  • Tracking: The tracking list templates focus on helping site users manage schedules and activities.

  • Custom: The custom list templates have advanced functionality to help with specific goals such as KPI tracking and language translation.

  • Libraries: These lists are designed to provide functionality for file storage and management.

Communication list templates

Use these list templates to create lists that store and share community ...

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