Is it possible to create a lookup site column at root site and access it from its subsite? I created it using site column template at root site and it was accessible at root site when added it to a list in subsite, it was not populating any data. Any help is highly appreciated.

  • Can you try to use it in a sub-site trhough a content type defined at the root level?
    – Evariste
    Aug 25, 2015 at 11:59
  • Tried it myself did not work
    – SPFKE
    Oct 12, 2015 at 10:08

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If it's posible. Here are the steps:

  1. Create a list in the root site.
  2. Create a site column (of type lookup) in the root site referencing the list created in step 1.
  3. In the sub site, in a list, create a column using the "Add from existing site columns"

And ready.

Learn more in this article: Create a SharePoint Lookup Column to Another Site

  • This is exactly what i have done and it was not working !
    – Sooraj
    Aug 25, 2015 at 12:23
  • You have verified permissions? Could you please paste a picture of the problem? Aug 25, 2015 at 12:24
  • Its not a permission issue. I inherited the permission to the subsite.
    – Sooraj
    Aug 25, 2015 at 12:30
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    Yes, the look up column in the subsite is empty.
    – Sooraj
    Aug 25, 2015 at 12:37
  • 1
    Let us continue this discussion in chat.
    – Sooraj
    Aug 26, 2015 at 9:55

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