I have a SharePoint 2013 list that is based on the Issue Tracking template. It has a "Current" column that is available in views, but is not displayed on the List Settings page. If I turn on manage Content Types, it's not visible under the base column "Issues" either. I assume it is a calculated column, but I can't find the column to see what the formula is. It returns "Yes" for every item in the list.

I created a new list and confirmed it is there as well. Since "Current" is such a common word, Google has nothing but noise for me. Any ideas on what this column is displaying or what it is useful for?

How to reproduce:

  • From a SharePoint 2013 site, click Settings Icon|Add an App.
  • From the Site Contents - Your Apps page, enter "Issue" in the "Find an app" text box and click Enter.
  • Click "Issue Tracking" and create a new list.
  • From your new list, modify the default view.
  • Under Columns, you will see "Current". But not under List Settings.
  • Can you check if there is a workflow attached to list? If you attach the workflow it will automatically add the column with the name of the workflow which is a link to workflow history page (and if you delete the workflow the column remains in the list).. – Damjan Tomic Dec 27 '17 at 21:26
  • I assume It happen on custom list creation as well. Do you have access to SharePoint server? If yes, got to 15 hive Features and search Name="Current" in all xml files. You will get a clue why SharePoint is adding this field automatically on list creation. It looks like a feature is doing this job. – Ahmad Zia Dec 28 '17 at 3:57

You are right. Initially i thought you are talking about normal custom list. Then i realized you are talking about Issue tracking List.

Current Column is not visible anywhere as you mentioned but its internal name is


You can also modify the default value of this choice column by going in any column of the list and change the parameter Field=IsCurrent in url . This will allow you to edit the column default value but will not allow you to delete.

Having said all above, i still don't know what exactly this column does and where it comes from

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  • Nope, I think this is a SharePoint 2013 thing. This was on the customer's site, I just tried on one of my third party hosted sites that definitely has no workflows or site columns, and I get the column. See my updated post for how to reproduce. – CigarDoug Dec 28 '17 at 19:23
  • Also, if it was an actual column added by a workflow or Site Column, it should be visible under List Settings, or under the Content Type. It isn't. – CigarDoug Dec 28 '17 at 19:29
  • see my updated answer – SharePointMan Dec 29 '17 at 6:23

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