SharePoint 2013 - Document Library & List Settings

Today in this article we will see all the settings available in our Document Library & Lists in our New SharePoint 2013 site.


 Let's go through them one after the other.

List name, description and navigation

Here you can provide a name, a brief description of the list or document library and a choice to put your list or document library on the quick launch.

Versioning Settings

Enabling the versioning settings help you to see the history of the documents or the list items.

We have options like:

  1. Requires content approval for submitted items: If you choose Yes then once you have uploaded an item or a document library it will be viewable in the list or the library once approved.
  2. Create a version each time you edit a file in this document library:  You can enable the versions as you would like in whole numbers or in decimals.
  3. Draft Item Security: If the item is not published or is awaiting approval then you can choose from the following options as to who can view it.
  4. Require Check Out: if you want the document when it is being edited by someone to be checked out and that other person will not edit it then you can choose the option Yes.



Advanced Settings

Advanced Settings have plenty of options for us to modify content types.

  1. Allow management of content types: If you choose Yes you can view, modify the content type your library or list is using.
  2. Document Template:  You can provide a location of this template to create another document libraries and lists using this as a default template.
  3. Opening Documents in a Browser: As the name suggests you can enable if you want to open the document in a browser or a in a client application.
  4. Custom Send to Destination: You can specify a name and the URL to which this library or list should refer to.
  5. Folders: You can allow users to create folders in your document libraries or lists.
  6. Search: You can enable or disable a document library and its contents from search opions.
  7. Reindex Document Libray: By clicking, on the next crawl you can have the contents reindexed.
  8. Site Assets Library: if a person uploads an image or a wiki page then you can enable this so that both images and the pages are saved into site assets.
  9. Quick Edit: if you enable a quick edit then it helps you to edit a document library in bulk.
  10. Dialogs: when you open a new or edit or view a form, if you want them in a separate dialog option then you can choose Yes.




Validation Settings

Validation Settings are used if you want to provide the user to provide a specific kind of validation on their each submission of their documents or items.

Change Default Column Values

You can have a few columns that always have default values like " 0" or "True" and so on.

Rating Settings

You can enable ratings of the documents or list items in the form of stars and likes.


Audience Targeting Settings

When you enable this option it will create a new column where you can input the permission level and the content query web part will fetch values from the column and display data accordingly.

Form Settings

These settings are mainly used for configuring InfoPath forms, that we will see later in my upcoming articles.

Delete this Document Library


Save Document Library as Template

You can save the library or the list as a template that can be used again with the same fields, the same content types as well as if you include content it can also be added to the template.

Permissions for this document library

You can provide permissions to a document library if you don't want to inherit t from the site and provide unique permission to the list and library.

Manage files that have no checked in version

There are files that are checked out by other users, as a admin or the owner you can take ownership of those files and check in the documents.


Workflow Settings

Here you can view all the workflows created by the UI, SharePoint Designer and other third-party products such as Nintex.

Information management policy settings

By default, document libraries and lists will have a default content type like for Document library , Documents will be the content type similarly for Custom lists item will be the content type so it can be changed in here in the policy settings.


Enterprise Metadata and Keywords Settings

Here we have two types of settings.

  1. Add Enterprise keywords: Enabling this feature will add a column to the library and the lists where a user can define keywords for their documents and items to be searched.
  2. Metadata Publishing: You can add tags to your items and documents to be used in your profile as social tags.


Generate file plan report

If you generate the file plan report it will generate a report with all the details as below:





Then here we have columns where you can create, add , modify , order or index columns.


Create Column


Columns Ordering

Indexed Columns


Last but the most important, we can create as many views depending upon our requirements.



The following are the various views that I will describe in detail in my next blog.

This article will now be my base for defining the various types of document libraries and lists as the settings will be mostly the same throughout.

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