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Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0 Step by Step by Penelope Coventry, Todd C. Bleeker, Bill English, Olga M. Londer

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Using Content Types and Columns

A content type is simply a content item plus its metadata fields. We are combining the discussion of columns and content types because the way you assign metadata to a content item is by adding a column to the list and then populating that column for that data item.

Therefore, you can allow the library to manage content types. This means that you can allow multiple document templates in your library because different templates include a unique document (such as a Microsoft Office Word or Excel document) plus columns of metadata to populate. By doing this, users can then click on the New button in the library and select the document template they want to use when creating a new document. By default, each document ...

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