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I have a custom content type with many required columns. The UI does not allow me to change a column from required to non-required (at least, I can't find a way to do it).

Is there a way to achieve this in the database or another means?

Otherwise, it seems all the fields have to be recreated -- a major pain with dozens of fields.

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I found the solution. To achieve it via the UI, I go to Site Settings, Site Content Types, click on the custom content type, then click each field and voila! – udog Apr 26 '12 at 7:03
    
publish your solution as an answer and mark it as solved. – MOI Apr 26 '12 at 7:21
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I found the solution. To achieve it via the UI, I go to

Site Settings > Site Content Types > click on the custom content type,

then click each field and voila!

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If it's not there, try going to the list > List Settings > Click on the content type > Click on the column name > change if it's required or optional – maggix Nov 18 '15 at 22:30

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