How many maximum characters in Multiple lines of text Column can be added in SharePoint 2013 ?

I am not able to find anything on here,


3 Answers 3


Document libraries and lists have different options available with respect to the multiple lines of text column type.

In document libraries, when you create a new column of type Multiple Lines of Text, you get the option to select the Allow unlimited length in document libraries checkbox.

But, In lists, this option does not exist.

A multi line text field is defined in SharePoint as a Note type, this is stored in the DB as a ntext sql type. In this SQL type you can store 2gb of char data, that's 1,073,741,823 characters.

Note: It is not advisable to store such huge data in SharePoint column as it may hamper performance.

Explanation referred from this TechNet

Also if your are working with multi lines text field in Doc libs then this is a nice article to read

I hope this is a helpful information!!

  • I've a question what constitutes a "line" in a multi-line text box. So, the "Number of Lines for Editing" defaulted at 6 but is that for every time a string of text is moved to the next "line” or is it when the user hits the enter key and starts a new "line". I've never gotten a clear answer on this and need to know for a form I'm creating. (Yes, I know this is not an answer, but I don't have comment privileges yet, please don't delete.) Oct 22, 2018 at 19:42
  • @KylerHunter its a good question. I might not be able to answer in that detail. To get a better response I can advise you to post a new question, where ppl with respective knowledge can give you answers.
    – Asad Refai
    Oct 24, 2018 at 7:03

A Multiple lines of text column can store up to 63,999 characters

  • 2
    This pertains to lists; Doc libraries can hold 1 billion+ chars albeit with performance degradation
    – Josey
    Feb 28, 2018 at 21:17
  • That's correct.
    – Dinerdo
    Feb 28, 2018 at 22:02

It has maximum limit of 255 characters. but if you want more limit You have to check the Allow unlimited length checkbox on the list column's properties page.

and if you want to limit it to 1000 characters or whatever you feel like . Please follow this link here to get the complete solution

  • 3
    not for multiline column May 12, 2015 at 9:42
  • 2
    255 = single line of text type limit; not multi-line limit
    – Josey
    Feb 28, 2018 at 21:14

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.