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I have a added a column to my the "Documents" default list view at the site collection level for my Publishing site. How do I get this view to be available to all of the sub sites?

Is this an unusual thing to do? Doesn't is make sense that default lists are uniform? I am adding a metadata column to my Documents list - why wouldn't I want that column to be available throughout the Site Collection?

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If you want the view of that list to appear on all sub-sites, you can make the list as global... Following article shows how you can make a list global by using SharePoint Designer

http://blog.concurrency.com/sharepoint/creating-global-list-or-library-web-parts-with-sharepoint-designer-2010/

But keep in mind, what it just do will add a webpart in Custom category for the list you made GLOBAL and you can use that webpart/view in sub-sites...

I hope this answers your question!

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If you wanted the column in all documents in the site collection then you'd added it to the Document Content Type instead to a specific list

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Should I create a new content type or edit the default? –  mmcglynn Sep 26 '12 at 20:03
    
Edit the default if you want it to automatically apply to all document libraries –  Per Jakobsen Sep 26 '12 at 20:09

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