I'm trying to delete a content type but it tells me to remove all references of it before doing so.

But I don't remember all the places where I have referenced it.

Is there a easy way to find them? Or must I look for it in every corner of the website?

  • Just note that you also have to delete any items using that content type from the Recycle Bin as well.
    – Erin L
    Mar 17 '16 at 13:48
  • I did that already
    – Phiter
    Mar 17 '16 at 13:58
  • Cool. That's just one of those things some of us learned the hard way. :)
    – Erin L
    Mar 17 '16 at 14:12

There are couple of ways to find it.

  1. Use the SharePoint Manager from Code plex
  • Download the SharePoint Manager 2010 from Codeplex
  • Open SPM and Navigate to the target Site Collection where your Content Type is located
  • Go to Content Type >> Usages to find all content type usages
  • Delete all the usages of the Content Typeenter image description here
  • Once done, You can delete your content type without any issues
  1. Use the Powershell,
  Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
  # Get the site
  $site = Get-SPSite "<url of site>"
  # Name of the Content Type
  $ContentTypeName = "Travel Request"
  # Loop through all web
  Foreach ($web in $site.AllWebs)
    # Get the Content Type
    $ContentType = $web.ContentTypes[$ContentTypeName]
    # Check if content type exists
    if($ContentType -ne $null)
      # Get the Content Type Usage
      $CTypeUsages = [Microsoft.SharePoint.SPContentTypeUsage]::GetUsages($ContentType)
      if ($CTypeUsages.Count -gt 0)
        foreach ($CTypeUsage in $CTypeUsages)
          write-host $CTypeUsage.Url

Read more: http://www.sharepointdiary.com/2013/04/the-content-type-is-in-use-error.html#ixzz42znYwDzs

  • Actually this image gave me an idea. The content type was linked in the Workflow Tasks list. Removing it allowed me to delete the content type. Thanks
    – Phiter
    Mar 17 '16 at 14:00
  • 4
    The mentioned solution works only for sharepoint on premises, not online. Sharepoint client CSOM doesn't have ContentTypeUsage property. Aug 12 '16 at 15:19

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