Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Change Title (linked to item with edit menu) to a different column in SharePoint List

By default, the automatically created Title column of custom SharePoint List functions as the link to item detail view and carries the ellipse button (item edit menu).

In order to hide Title column and associate the "link to item with edit menu" to another column:

  1. Go to List Settings --> Advanced Settings --> "Yes" on Allow management of content types. On the List Settings, go to Content Types --> Item --> Hide "Title" column. Afterwards, "Title" column will not appear in Create, Edit and Details forms.
  2. Go to the View(s) correcponding to List View and hide "Title" column.
  3. Use SharePoint 2013 Designer, open AllItems.aspx page or corresponding list page, look for <ViewFields> tag. Add linkToItem="TRUE" linkToItemAllowed="TRUE" listItemMenu="TRUE" to the column that should function as link to details view and carry the ellipse button (item edit menu). Highlighted column below is an example. Beware that these attributes and their values are case-sensitive!
<View Name="{EDF62A70-F0D9-4B36-B3C4-F35017C57868}" 
    DisplayName="All Items" 
    Url="/developer/Ken/Demo1/Lists/Classroom/AllItems.aspx" Level="1" 
    ImageUrl="/_layouts/15/images/generic.png?rev=23" >
    <Query><OrderBy><FieldRef Name="ID"/></OrderBy></Query>
        <FieldRef Name="Title"  linkToItem="TRUE" linkToItemAllowed="TRUE" listItemMenu="TRUE" />
        <FieldRef Name="Subject"/>
        <FieldRef Name="Teacher"/>
    <RowLimit Paged="TRUE">30</RowLimit>
    <XslLink Default="TRUE">main.xsl</XslLink>
    <Toolbar Type="Standard"/>

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