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Hide the Title with a Content Type

A SharePoint Online tutorial by Peter Kalmström

SharePoint iconThe 'Title' field have been there in Office documents for many, many years, and in SharePoint there are title fields too. Many users ask what the title field is good for, and the answer is: for searches.

'Title' ranks the highest of all fields in SharePoint, but when users are disturbed by the 'Title' field and wonder what to write there, site owners might still want to remove it. Deleting is not possible, but there are three other options to solve the problem.
  • Change the display name of the 'Title' field directly in the list or library. It will still be called 'Title' in flows and workflows and in the content type, but users of that list will have a friendlier name.

  • Use a flow or workflow that sets the title value. In another demo we have described how to create a library workflow that sets the title to the same as the file name when the title field is empty.

  • Hide the title field. This can be done if you connect the library or list to a new content type, but you should be aware that it means that the field does not get a value that can be used in searches. In the demo below Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, shows how to do it.

    Steps to hide the 'Title' field:

    1. Create a new content type
    2. Open the Title field and check the radio button to hide it.
    3. Allow management of content types in the library where you want to hide the 'Title' field.
    4. Add the new content type, where the title is hidden, to the library.
    5. Change the content type for any existing documents in their properties.
    6. Remove the 'Document' content type.
    7. Disallow management of content types again.

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