Environment : Sharepoint Foundation 2010

I created a helpdesk list which contains a default content type.

When I go to the list settings, I cannot :

  • Delete any field already created at the same time than the list,

  • Change the column ordering (and I also want to), I don't have the link below the table of columns.

Why I cannot do that ?

I prefer modify something, even recreate a content type, rather than delete my list. But if there's no other way...

  • 1
    I guess its necessary that you can keep your items? Simply modifying the view is not enough? You want the fields to be removed and not just hidden? If yes you will likely have to create the content type of your use case and migrate the items.
    – Mx.
    Apr 26, 2016 at 14:55
  • It is not a problem if I delete all the items. But it's a problem if I delete my list, because a workflow is associated to it. How can I create a content type ? I can't see it in Designer
    – Slabre
    Apr 27, 2016 at 6:51
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    – Mx.
    Apr 27, 2016 at 8:06
  • Thank you, I've recreated a new Content Type and it works!
    – Slabre
    Apr 27, 2016 at 9:33

1 Answer 1


Go to List settings -> under Content Types heading all the content types the list is using are listed

Click any content type, this will list all the columns and click the column you will be able to delete the column by using Remove button at the bottom (don't worry it will not delete from the parent content type - it will just delete the column from list association)

Reordering is also available when you click the content type - at the bottom there is a link named Column order.


Since those are default columns which stick to the list type you are using, you will have to create your own content type.

  • I cannot delete the column, I don't have the Remove button, just "OK" and "Cancel". However, I can reorder the columns.
    – Slabre
    Apr 26, 2016 at 14:46
  • Than it is probably the default column which sticks with the list type you are using, in that case you will have to create your own content type and migrate the items as suggested by Mx. On the other hand if Hiding the column from all forms and views works for you, you can simply hide the column Apr 26, 2016 at 15:35
  • Can you edit your answer stating recreate a new Content Type ? I'll mark it as a solution.
    – Slabre
    Apr 27, 2016 at 9:35
  • @Slabre updated Apr 27, 2016 at 10:56

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