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By default, when I try to create custom list with column I do not get the option to set the column type as Rich Text. Neither can I see the option while I try to add an item to that list subsequently.

Is there some place I need to turn this on vefore it shows up across the system? Thanks

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It is probably due to the fact that you already have a site content type in use that you want to add the column to that content type. You need to add a new content type and add it in place of the old one as described here.

You also should be able to add it programmatically through C# (which can be translated to powershell) described here.

        SPSite site = new SPSite("http://sharepoint");
        SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb();

        SPList lib = web.Lists["Your list goes here"];

        SPFieldMultiLineText field = 
                (SPFieldMultiLineText)lib.Fields["Your RTF Column"]; // this is your site column
        field.RichText = true;
        field.Update();

EDIT: You can also add a list column and add that list column to the list instance of the content type, which would be much easier if your scope allows that.

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updated my answer. –  Mike Jun 28 '13 at 21:07

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