I enabled Barcoding on one of the list in Sharepoint by going to Settings> Information Management Policy Settings > .. . There were already some list items in the list and as soon as I enabled barcoding, unique barcodes were assigned to each list item.

Now the other team doesn't want barcodes.. for now. So I disabled barcoding back. I thought disabling barcode would remove the 2 fields Barcode and Barcode Value from the list. But I still see Barcode field when I open a list item. The items still have a barcode. I checked out Content types - both barcode feilds are gone, but when I open views I still have an option to include it in view and it still appears in list items.

How do I get rid of Barcode completely ?

Thanks !


2 Answers 2


Do the fields appear under the Columns list in List Settings? If so, delete them manually from there.

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    Thanks guys ! @Rawbert - I indeed checked content types under list settings. Not there either. From what I found out in my research is that Barcodes becomes meta data of list once enabled. So when I enabled it , Barcode became meta data of all EXISTING list items. So I think it is like Title of a list item then. You can edit the name of title column, but you cannot delete it. Does that mean I cannot delete barcodes from 200 items I have ? Even if I can't remove it completely, I still don't want Sharepoint to recognize list items with that Barcode value. Thanks again guys !
    – Pratz
    Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 19:37

You probably checked the site content type when you checked the content type. Site content types are templates that get stamped on the list when you apply them. So, the thing to check is the list content type and remove it from there.

  • Also that the list content types are visible in List Settings (obvious as it might sound, still often overlooked).
    – James Love
    Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 16:44
  • @James - Thanks ! Neither Barcode / Barcode value fields show up in column list. But it still shows up when I try to create a view. Strange !
    – Pratz
    Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 19:37
  • Turns out those are hidden/sealed, presumably because it's not quite clear that if you disable barcodes for new items you also want to delete them from existing ones. You'll have to write code/powershell to remove those fields forcefully.
    – Rawbert
    Commented Oct 20, 2011 at 0:58
  • Here is a potential answer. Haven't tried the code yet, don't know how safe it is. social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepointadmin/…
    – Pratz
    Commented Oct 20, 2011 at 14:15

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