So went to my list -> List settings -> clicked on a specific existing field and there was no option to change the type of the field..

Is it not supported in SPO?

  • Custom field or default built-in? – Benny Skogberg Nov 11 '16 at 9:15
  • Its a fields created from list settings. Plain text fields, hyperlink fields etc.. @BennySkogberg – Rohander Nov 11 '16 at 9:18

Changing field types is supported, however not all fields can have their type changed. For instance on a task list, you can change the field type for Task Status but not Assigned To or Description. Assigned To is because it is a Person or Group field and Description because it is an Enhanced rich text multiple line of text field.

The reason for this is to prevent loss of data and/or because there is no common sense way of changing the content ie: when converting a Person field to a text field does the person making the change want to get the Display name, the user ID or one of the other ways of representing a user.

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