I am a new SharePoint 2013 user (self teaching) so this may be a novice question. I am having difficulties with newly created columns not showing up in the 'Add from existing column' page. I have checked every group including all groups and Custom groups. When this column was created, I made sure to check the add list to all content types check box. I have even checked for it in the Content Types Add Existing Column section and its not showing there either.

Not sure where to go from here...any suggestions?

Thanks in Advance

  • are you create it in column list or site column ? – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Aug 30 '16 at 16:41
  • I have created the column in Library settings in the column section. I believe Library settings in 2013 used to be called list Settings in 2010 (not certain though) – NicoleD Aug 30 '16 at 16:46
  • no my bro this column not applied to content type it should be site column , let me answer your question with detail steps – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Aug 30 '16 at 16:47

To can add existing column to a content type, you should first add this column as a site column.


  • Go to site settings > Web Designer Galleries > Site column

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  • create a site column

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  • Specify name > type > group

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  • Go back to add existing column, it should exist in selected group

Note : Make sure that you allow content type in Library setting > advanced setting > allow content types > Yes.

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There are two types of columns

List Columns

List columns are local to each list. This you can create/add using the List settings page. The fields you create here will not be accessible in other lists -> add existing column

Site Columns

These columns you can create using the Site Settings page. Once added this will be available in all Lists under the specific site.

  • Thank you Amal that is very useful information I did not know! – NicoleD Aug 30 '16 at 23:41

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