Managing Lists and Libraries in SharePoint – An Overview

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Managing Lists and Libraries in SharePoint – An Overview

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Added by November 29, 2016

For more SharePoint training videos in this series, see:

Part 1 – Using Navigation Controls in a Collaboration Site in SharePoint

Part 2 – Using Navigation Controls in a Publishing Site in SharePoint

Part 3 – Configuring SharePoint Navigation in a Publishing Site – Activating the Publishing Feature

Part 4 – How to Configure Navigation in SharePoint Publishing Sites

Part 5 – » Managing Lists and Libraries in SharePoint – An Overview «

Part 6 – Creating Lists and Libraries in SharePoint

Video Trascription and Step-by-Step Images

To be a successful SharePoint Site Owner or Site Collection Administrator, it’s very important that you have a firm understanding of managing Lists and Libraries. That’s one of the objectives on the Microsoft SharePoint Certification exam 77‑419. We’re going to cover this here.

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SharePoint Lists and Libraries are very similar to the concept of worksheets in an Excel Workbook. You might have a place where you’re keeping tasks or issues or contacts, announcements, things like that.

Now, if you look at and Excel Notebook or an actual Workbook, if I was going to use an analogy, the Workbook might be a SharePoint Site, a place that has multiple worksheets. I would use the analogy of a Worksheet as a SharePoint List or a SharePoint library.

It’s very similar, at least, at the beginning, but SharePoint Lists and Libraries are incredibly functional. There’s amazing things you can do with them, and they naturally exist in your SharePoint Sites.

Let’s take a look at this Worksheet. I have a worksheet of Instructors where I’m keeping track of the Instructor’s ‑‑ First Name, Last Name, and email address.

I can see that I have these columns, and I’m going to put the instructor’s first name in the first name column.

Their last name in the last name column, and their email in the email column. Each instructor is their own row.

In SharePoint, we have very similar things as compared to an Excel Worksheet.

List and Library Columns – a column might be first name, last name or email…

List and Library Items – which are row one, row two, row three… (It actually wouldn’t be row one, row one’s the header). You can see that each instructor gets their own row.

Here in the same Workbook, (think of this as the same Site in SharePoint), I have a totally separate worksheet.

Think of it as a List or Library, to manage classrooms. It makes sense because we’re Interface Technical Training. We might have these different containers for different objects. Therefore, we will put classrooms in our classrooms worksheet, instructors in our instructor worksheet, but we’re keeping track of all that data.

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I’ve got room number, number of students, how many remote students can be in each classroom. This is useful information that I can put into Excel.

If I think of this Excel Workbook, if I was going to have multiple worksheets to manage different aspects of a training environment. In SharePoint I could create a Site Collection, choose the proper Top Level Site Template that has the right features activated including the right starting point for Lists and Libraries. Then, I could maintain this information inside of SharePoint.

Now, SharePoint Lists and Libraries, just like the Site, have a bunch of templates out-of-the-box for us.

SharePoint Templates

  • Tasks Template
  • Contracts List Template
  • Document Template
  • Pages Library
  • Links

They understand that you’re going to be keeping track of tasks, so you’ll put those into a task list. There’s a Task List Template, which is just really morphed around holding tasks. It’s a perfectly shaped bucket to hold tasks.

If you want to keep some contacts in SharePoint, they have a Contacts List, which is a perfectly formed bucket to hold contacts. If you want to have pages, they have a Pages Library, which is perfectly formed to hold pages. The same goes with Documents.

Here’s the cool part. Later on, when we explore Content Types, and we’ll see that we can take their starting point and extend them with our metadata in the form of Site Columns. Then, we can take those buckets and work with them to be perfect containers for our content.

If we manage purchase orders, we can start with a Document Library, add some metadata, like Purchase Order Number, Vendor ID, Purchase Order Delivery Date and then add this metadata to the out‑of‑the‑box document library.

Next we’ll cover creating List and Libraries in SharePoint.


Spike Xavier
SharePoint Instructor – Interface Technical Training
Phoenix, AZ


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