Learn How to create and add a column (meta data) to SharePoint folders

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Learn How to create and add a column (meta data) to SharePoint folders

One can not modify the Content Type named Folder in SharePoint, as it is “sealed” always.

So I created a new Content Type based on Folder, added the custom column, added the content type to the library and magically I found my custom folder type in the New dropdown. Here’s the steps:
  1. Go to Site Actions, Site Settings
  2. Click Site Content Types
  3. Click Create
  4. Give the new content type a name such as “Sample Folder
  5. Set the parent content type group as Folder Content Types
  6. Set the parent content type to Folder
  7. Add the new content type to a Group. I put it back in the “Folder Content Types” group
  8. Click OK
  9. Scroll down to the columns section and click Add from new site column
  10. Name the column and set all the usual column options
  11. Repeat for any additional columns (Document Type,Entity,Date, etc)
  12. Click OK
  13. Go to your document library
  14. Click Settings and Library Settings, or in 2010 click the Library ribbon tab and then click Library Settings
  15. Click Advanced and set Allow management of content types to Yes and click OK (this may already selected)
  16. Scroll down to Content Types and click Add from existing site content types and add your new folder content type
  17. Go to your document library and click the New dropdown, or the New button in the 2010 Document ribbon, and add your new folder!
  18. Go to the View drop down and click Modify this view and add your new folder meta data columns.
There are no easy pre-cooked solutions in SharePoint, but the first step to make the right choices is to understand how it all actually works.

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