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I'm facing a problem with content Types. I added a content type to thousands of lists, added items that uses that CT and now I want to remove it..

The steps I followed are theese:

  • Removed every file that uses the content type
  • Removed the content type for every document library that was using it
  • If i try to remove it from Site Settings it told me "in use"

I tried to run a script that tolds me if a List is using it and no list is using it..

How could I solve this problem? Is there any possibility to see the blocking element? I tried Sharepoint Manager 2010 but when I click on my CT it crashes.

Any suggestion? Thank you very much!

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

I've run into this issue myself. One or more of the things "using" it haven't been completely deleted. This answer on Stack Overflow has the solution:

  • Delete from site recycle bin.
  • Delete from Site Collection > Site Settings > Site Collection Administration > Recycle Bin.
  • Delete from End User Recycle Bin Items.
  • Delete from "Deleted From End User Recycle Bin."

That's a lot of recycling! Once complete, I was able to delete the content type.

If you can't get to the End User Recycle Bin etc, you need more permissions, you to get a farm admin (?) to do it for you.

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As an explanation, the reason the items/lists/libraries need to be removed from the recycle bin is because SharePoint tries to support the scenario where a user restores content. If the content type no longer exists, the item won't restore as expected. By preventing the deletion of the content type, SharePoint is protecting this issue from happening. – shufler Nov 30 '15 at 19:59

you also need to make sure that there is no draft versions of a document. if it was originally from the content type you were trying to delete. you must publish draft documents

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