Kartic's Musings on Corporate Information and Knowledge Management

May 24, 2007

Using Templates with Content types – a nice design with limitations

Filed under: SharePoint — kartickapur @ 2:57 am

I am trying to come up with a solution to hold all the templates in a document library (Called ‘Templates’) and use these templates in the document libraries elsewhere (Called ‘Test Client Document’). The structure I am using is explained by the diagram above.

There is a base content type for all the templates called ‘Template’ and base content type for all documents called ‘Base test’.
The problem however is (and I think a bug with SharePoint) that when we open the document in ‘Test Client Documents’ library, the information panel shows the metadata for ‘Template’ Content Type and not ‘Base Test’ as we will expect it to and want it to work.

I have tried to fix this for some time and come to a conslusion that this infact is a bug with SharePoint.


  1. Hi

    I’m currently having the same problem as you. I’m keen to know if anyone knows how to resolve this problem.



    Comment by Felicia — August 27, 2007 @ 3:17 am

  2. However, the field will appear if you removed the custom content type from the document library then re-add it manually.

    Comment by Felicia — August 27, 2007 @ 3:21 am

  3. I think you had this problem logged with MSFT. Can you share the solution if you got one?

    Comment by Jag — September 20, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

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