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When I move a list template from one Site Collection to another all the associated site columns become list columns. Is there a way to prevent this?

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So you want to retain the site columns as site columns in the new site collection correct?

You'd want to create a feature that creates the site columns (and content type) and then creates the list with the associated (content type) site columns. I include content type because if this is going to be used across several site collections, at some point someone is going to want that data rolled up. Leveraging a content type will help with that.

Managed metadata might be an option as well.

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  • Actually I want to use the "Save as list template" functionality to move a list template form one sitecol to another and retain the associated columns as site columns. I am aware of feature method but I am looking for a faster and easier method.
    – Flash265
    Jun 16, 2011 at 13:49
  • That isn't going to happen, a feature is the only way to do that. Jun 16, 2011 at 14:19

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