As title says, I have added a Site Column to an extisting Site Content Type. When looking at an item (it happens to be a page) that is of that content type, I can't see the new field. By 'looking at', I'm checking through the OOTB 'View Properties' dialog.

Any idea why this content type may not be updating?

Is there a timer job that is responsible for this?

Note: This site does not use a content type hub of any sort.

3 Answers 3


You would need to do SPContentType.Update(true) or go to site content type and select your content type -> Advanced Setttings and select 'update all content types inheriting' and click OK.


Removed and added through PowerShell - still don't understand why it wasn't working:


  • Really? Is this the only way? Remove the content type and add it again? Will I lose data already existing in the list(s)?
    – bgmCoder
    Commented Mar 6, 2017 at 17:56
  • I tried to delete it from the UI, but "Sorry, something went wrong; Content Type is still in use". I'll try it from powershell and see if the data is retained.
    – bgmCoder
    Commented Mar 6, 2017 at 18:04
  • Nah, the script in the link is how to add an existing site column to a content type. The column already exists in the content type - why would you add it?
    – bgmCoder
    Commented Mar 6, 2017 at 18:07
  • And if you are doing this in Sharepoint Online, just FYI, you can't use get-spsite - but the question wasn't tagged with a version.
    – bgmCoder
    Commented Mar 6, 2017 at 18:08

Did you check if the Site Column in the Content Type is set to hidden? That would explain why it's not visible in forms.

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