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Phone Messages Enterprise Solution – Default Column Value

A SharePoint Online tutorial by Peter Kalmström

SharePoint iconIn several earlier articles we have described how to build an application for automated phone messages in SharePoint, and the previous article showed how to add a managed metadata column for department to the phone messages content type and connect it to the Departments term store.

In the demo below Peter Kalmstrom, CEO and Systems Designer of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, shows how to set a default value for the managed metadata column. As all calls to a department will have that department as the managed metadata, users should not have to fill it out. Instead it will be set to default and entered automatically. Should the user for some reason need to change the value that is still possible in the list item edit form.

Peter also adds the managed metadata column to the default view. This has to be done manually, as SharePoint has no way of distributing view changes.

Set a default column value

  1. In the list where you want to set a default column value, click on the List Settings button under the LIST tab in the ribbon.
  2. Under Columns, click on the link to the column where you want to set a default value.
  3. Under default value in the Edit Column dialog,  start typing the value that should be default and select the correct option from the suggestions.
  4. Click OK.

Add a column to a view

  1. Click on the ellipsis above the list items.
  2. Select Modify this View.
  3. Check the box for the column that you want to display.
  4. Click OK.

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