Content types were introduced in SharePoint v.3 and are a powerful way to manage content. You could easily describe content types as a collection of metadata, which can then be reused throughout your SharePoint farm. Examples could include sales reports or invoices that you always wanted to contain in your set or collection of metadata. You can even connect templates, such as Word or PowerPoint documents to your content type.
As such, your end users will always have to fill in the fields specified for the specific content, which will then help you organize your content.
Content types can be created from Site Actions -> Site settings -> Galleries -> Site content types. Once created, you can make the content type available in multiple lists or document libraries.
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Feb 09 2011, 08:00 AM