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I am working on the Knowledge Database in SharePoint, so I have created several content types with lists. I want customers to be able to create a new article and get a different FORM based on the type of article they want to create.

The challenge I found is that when they click on "NEW ITEM" they get the default content type and are not allow to select which one they want. However, if they go to edit the item after creating it then they can change the content type from a drop down menu.

I was wondering if there is any way to activate the Content Type drop down as soon as they click "NEW ITEM".

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The simplest and most common way to handle this would be to hide the Add New Item link altogether on the list view by setting the toolbar type to "None". This would force users to use the ribbon.

If you prefer to enable some sort of custom functionality on that link, that's possible but would require some pretty advanced javascript.

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I've just followed the instructions in the below link and this does exactly what you want!

SharePoint: Force the New button to show Content Type choices

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