This is my parent content type below. How can I reference this content type from another site collection's document library's template? I've tried using the DocumentTemplate and absolute URL to the template file "LMS.docx" but nothing happens. I appreciate any help. Thanks.

<DocumentTemplate TargetName="http://portal.swee.com/sites/learn/Shared%20Documents/Forms/LMS.docx"></DocumentTemplate>

Parent Content Type: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <Elements xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/"> <!-- Parent ContentType: LMS Document (LeaveManagementSystem\LMS Document) (0x010100174F5B4B857F41F5893B76351F3001CA) --> <ContentType ID="0x010100174F5B4B857F41F5893B76351F3001CA02" Name="LMS Project Document" Group="LMS Content Types" Description="LMS Project Documents Content Type" Inherits="TRUE" Overwrite="TRUE" Version="0"> <DocumentTemplate TargetName="http://portal.swee.com/sites/learn/Shared%20Documents/Forms/LMS.docx"></DocumentTemplate> <FieldRefs> <FieldRef ID="{EB703A89-8495-40E8-9F42-180E57EA9F1A}" DisplayName="Name" Required="FALSE" Name="LMS_Name" /> <FieldRef ID="{8ECEC8EA-560B-40BA-A768-D438AD97DAEF}" DisplayName="Leave Type" Required="FALSE" Name="LMS_LeaveType" /> <FieldRef ID="{0214FB1B-051A-4861-91DA-C94324FDCD6F}" DisplayName="Start Date" Required="FALSE" Name="LMS_StartDate" Format="DateOnly" /> <FieldRef ID="{26780D0B-4F9A-4BD5-AD56-74D625F14946}" DisplayName="End Date" Required="FALSE" Name="LMS_EndDate" Format="DateOnly" /> </FieldRefs>
</ContentType> </Elements>

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If I understand your question correctly, you want to access content type created in one site collection in another site collection. If this is the case, you would have to use Content Type Hub feature of SharePoint.

Please find below links to get idea of what is Content Type Hub and how it can be used:

Steps to create Content Type Hub

Content Type Hub Publishing

  • That's what I thought but the senior guys are saying it can be done through the content type's xml by inserting the URL.
    – bswee
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 6:27
  • Yes, a content type hub is needed.
    – bswee
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 8:42

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