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Categorize with Columns

A SharePoint Online tutorial by Peter Kalmström

SharePoint iconIn the previous SharePoint Online from Scratch articles Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, has shown various way to categorize files in SharePoint document libraries.

In the demo below Peter shows how to use columns to categorize the items in a SharePoint document library. He creates a text column and a choice column. The principle is the same in other SharePoint lists.

Peter also explains how you can work with tagging in an Excel like way in the Quick Edit view, and he discusses if columns should require information or not.

Create a new column in a SharePoint document library

  • In the classic standard view: click on the 'Create column' button under the LIBRARY tab in
    the ribbon, and select what kind of column you wish to create.
  • In the In the modern standard view and in the Quick Edit view: click on the plus sign to the right of the existing columns and select what kind of column you wish to create. 

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