I have a request from a SharePoint user to show the "Date Created" column in her Document Library.

Trouble is,

I cannot find a way to show the date of when the Document was added to the library. I tried adding the standard column "Date Created" but it is blank for all documents listed there already, and uploading/editing a document prompts you to manually choose a date.

I want the date when document was added to the Document Library to be shown automatically.

Is there a way?

  • Wow asked 11 years ago! I tried to follow the tips on this answer and it worked however it doesn't automatically add the dated added/uploaded. I have to add it manually which doesn't make sense to me.
    – user94209
    Dec 22, 2020 at 22:56

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Instead of adding "Date Created" from "Document Library Settings > Add from existing site columns", go to "Settings > Create View" the field you want is just plain "Created", you should see it in the list of available columns.

Once you name this view, you can save it and make it the default view for this document library.

  • Thanks - sharepoint needs some work in the intuitive dept.
    – Kolten
    Sep 14, 2009 at 22:44
  • haha - true enough!
    – curtisk
    Sep 15, 2009 at 13:59

The Created column can be displayed by "+ Add column" > "Show/hide columns" > checking "Created".

Please see the screenshots.

The Created column already exists (so we don't have to create one), but it is hidden.

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