Best Way To Create Lists & Libraries in SharePoint 2013

This article shows step-by-step how to create lists and libraries in SharePoint in less than 5 minutes.

In most Microsoft applications there is normally a few ways to complete any task. The same is true for SharePoint 2013. I'll show you step-by-step how to create lists and libraries in SharePoint in less than 5 minutes.

Let's start by creating your List

Navigate to your SharePoint site or sub-site, where you plan on using your list:

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In the upper-right hand corner, select the gear and navigate down to Add An app:

Add An app

Select Add An App. You will see all types of lists and libraries out of the templates. For this tutorial we will select the Custom List template.

Inside the dialog box name your new list. Think of a name that best describes what the list will be used for, in other words Inventory List.

Custom List

Select Create.

Your new list is now available for use.

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Done.

Now that we have our list out of the way let's create a library.

Navigate to your SharePoint site or sub-site:

Navigate SharePoint site

In the upper right hand corner, select the gear and navigate down to Add An app.

Add new app

Select Add an app. Like our list exercise you will see all types of list and library templates. For this tutorial we will use the Document Library template:

Document Library

Inside the dialog box name your new Document Library. Think of a name that best describes what the Document Library will be used for, such as Human Resources Documents.

Select Create.

That's It! You have created a list and library in under five minutes.

As a side note: When naming lists and libraries think of the functional requirements for the list or library you are creating. Utilize content types and managed meta-data instead of creating hundreds of libraries and folders for each function within your department or organization.

Reference

Creating a Library

Creating a List

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