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Posted on 2011-03-22
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I work for a company that has differnt types of data (reports, pictures, contracts, amendments).  We want this stuff in the same document libarary but some data is pertinent to some items while others are not.  Such that a picture would be taken at a location but a contract wouldn't have that attribute.  Is the way to fix this using a template like a content type and then saving it to the library.  Basically when someone uploads a contract I don't want them to see the location field.
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by:Justin Smith
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Correct.  You would build content types (either local or global using MMS in 2010), associate them with the document library.  When a user uploads a document, they can choose which content type it is, and based on that different fields will be displayed to input your metadata.
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by:BigWill5112
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Can you add something as a cotent type or does the development have to start at sharepoint?  -such as uploading photos that are transferred from a phone that cannot be generated from SharePoint?
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by:Justin Smith
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Not sure what you are asking. A content type applies a set of metadata to an object created in or uploaded to sharepoint.
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by:Justin Smith
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Are you looking for something else?  If not, please close this out.
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ACH1LLES,
Sorry for the delay.  How do you apply a content type to a document "uploaded" to SharePoint?  Thanks so much for answering my question about content types in general.
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Justin Smith earned 500 total points
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Nothing really.  Just place the content type on the library through the settings.  At that point, when a file is added to the library, it will be tagged with the content type.

If there are more than one content types on the library, when you upload, you can choose which content type.
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Absolutely amazing.  U R AWESOME.  Know of the best articles regarding utilization of content types.
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