My problem is I want to create a field of type "File" in a custom list. But my lists content type is "Item" which doesn't support such type of fields. The point of this manipulation is to update a field in my custom list from a field of type "File" in a document library using SharePoint Designer

  • What do you mean by field of type "File"?
    – Aanchal
    May 19, 2014 at 11:20
  • Do you mean a column that will contain files like ATTACHMENTS does ? or something else May 19, 2014 at 11:38
  • a column of type "File". you see in my document library there's a column that has a type "File" containing a word document. I want to update my custom list by adding the content of this column to a field in my list
    – miklow
    May 19, 2014 at 11:41

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There is no "File" Content Type. You can watch the available Content Types under Site Settings -> Site Content Types. If you want something different you have to create your own Content Type.

  • I am not talking about "File" content Type. a "File" column type exists. I have a column in my document library which stores word documents. this column is of type "File". what i want to do is to update a column in my custom list by adding the content (word) from the document library. A workflow in SPD will associate the word document in the document library with the new item created in the list
    – miklow
    May 19, 2014 at 15:45
  • There isn't an OOTB column type "File", right? Do you have a content type which supports this field? You can add multiple content types to a list.
    – Gwny
    May 20, 2014 at 7:34
  • Yes i have a content type that supports this field but it inherits from the content type "document" and when i try to add it to my list it doesn't appear as an available content type. How can i add it ?
    – miklow
    May 20, 2014 at 7:46
  • It's not possible, I did a little research.. msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/… "any content type that you assign to a list must not derive from Document".
    – Gwny
    May 20, 2014 at 8:22
  • So, back to the basic question, how can i add a word document from a document library to a list field ?
    – miklow
    May 20, 2014 at 8:59

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