Renaming Title back to Title…

I have just done this for a second time at a client’s site. Got a list, using content types, want to have the Title field appear in the list as something different (in my case, Question). So I happily rename the field, forgetting that this is a Site collection based field type that is in EVERY list – Damn, I hate racing the clock.

Anyway, you can’t easily rename it back through the UI because “Title” is a reserved keyword (I reckon it’s a bug too) but you can using SharePoint Manager. SharePoint Manager is a great tool that lets you manipulate your SharePoint system in ways one could only dream about thru the User Interface – including bypassing that annoying “Reserved Keyword” message.

Crack it open on one of your WFE servers, point to the right site, drill down until you get to the “Fields” collection. Underneath there, you will see the name you renamed title to – double check in the pane on the right and ensure the “Static Name” still says title. Then just edit the “Title” property back to Title and you’re done…

Of course, the answer is to hide the field – but how? Mike Ferrara has the answer here. Essentially, you enable management of content types, set the field to “Hidden” and you’re on your way. Done! The only problem then is fixing up all of the other lists that have a “Title field. Let’s see, that’s… hmmm, carry the 2… All of them. Oh man…

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About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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