I have created three content types and associated with a list. When you click the list and then the add new button from the Ribbon in the top, all 3 types display. However, when you click add new item (bottom link on list), there is no drop-down to change content type from within the new form. I have searched through all options and cannot even see a column called content type. I can see Content Type in the views, but no option to add it to the new form. Does anyone have any insight on this issue?

  • I have also just discovered that when you click the edit button from the ribbon, the dropdown for content type is displaying as the first option. However, it's still missing from the new item page.
    – JR_ATLDev
    May 24, 2011 at 16:01

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This is the default behavior. The "Add new item" link uses the default content type and does not display a dropdown list to change that value.

Rather than including the Content Type dropdown in the NewForm.aspx, instead you could edit the AllItems.aspx page to include your additional links at the bottom of your page. You'll need to do this in SharePoint Designer and note that you'll need to pass in the content type id in the url to the form.

  • Laurie,thanks for clearing this up. I thought I was going crazy for a bit.
    – JR_ATLDev
    May 24, 2011 at 21:14

Be sure that content type matches your list type. So list type is document library then your content type should be document library type (you select the type when you create content type) and same goes for list type (list then item in the ct)

  • I am seeing that for the content types I have parent content type set to item. Where do I find the list type? I believe Its a custom list.
    – JR_ATLDev
    May 24, 2011 at 16:05

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