I need to add a new field to a myriad of existing views of a list in a specific position from left (i.e. this new field must be placed after the field 'fulladdress_onlylistdefined', who already resides in all views).

The field i need to add already exists in list columns.

To do so, i suppose the following actions:

-get the web, list, view

-initialize new field

-get all view fields

-iterate through view fields to locate the field after which i need to place my specific field (using field's internal name)

-insert my field, update view and list

-repeat in loop to iterate through views

Script looks like this:

    $web = Get-SPWeb http://server
    $list = $web.Lists["Requests"]
    $spView = $Web.GetViewFromUrl("/Lists/Requests/View.aspx")
    $field1 = $list.Fields["MyField"]
    $address = $spview.ViewFields['fulladdress_onlylistdefined']

But i got two problems:

  1. When trying to access specific element from ViewFields fields collection i got null instead:

    $address = $spview.ViewFields['fulladdress_onlylistdefined']  
    $address variable is blank
  2. $spview.ViewFields.MoveFieldTo method won't accept a variable $address as a parameter

My doubt was i should iterate through array, not through collection, but i'm unable to create an array:

    $array = @(([array]::CreateInstance([string], 0)))
    for ($i = 0; $i -lt $coll.Count; $i++)

    Cannot convert value "Edit" to type "System.Int32". Error: "Input string was not in         a correct format."

So the final questions are:

  • How to access specific field in $spview.ViewFields fields collection? Especially by its name.

  • How to work with $spview.ViewFields.MoveFieldTo method to place a field after specific field in a view?

  • What is the best way to achieve my task?


PS To prevent some solutions, this one does not suit me:



1 Answer 1


Finally, I've finished with creating console application.

I'm not great in C# so it is a bit bulky but this solution works.

If there is any mistakes, i will be glad to hear about it.

var reader = new StreamReader(File.OpenRead(@"C:\temp\views.csv"));
            List<string> listA = new List<string>();
        while (!reader.EndOfStream)
            var line = reader.ReadLine();
            var values = line.Split(';');
        var data = listA.ToArray();
        SPSite oSiteCollection = new SPSite("http://server");
        using (SPWeb oWebsite = oSiteCollection.RootWeb)
            SPList oList = oWebsite.Lists["Requests"];
            foreach (string i in data)
                SPView oView = oWebsite.GetViewFromUrl(i.Substring(19));
                SPViewFieldCollection collViewFields = oView.ViewFields;
                System.Collections.Specialized.StringCollection collStrings = oView.ViewFields.ToStringCollection();
                var z = collStrings.IndexOf("fulladdress_onlylistdefined");
                Console.WriteLine("Field added: RequestVoltageTotal");
                collViewFields.MoveFieldTo("RequestVoltageTotal", z + 1);

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