Add “Link to a Document” Content Type to the Default Content in a Document Set in SharePoint 2010


The Document Set feature in SharePoint 2010 is a great addition to the document management functionality of the platform. Today we used the document set to make it able to prefill a folder with a predefined set of documents. One document which should be added as default content is the “Link to a Document” contenttype. Which is a difficult one because you don’t have a template file like a docx or xsls. After some try and error I found a solution to template the Link to a Document page.

· Create a Link to a Document or other content type with Link to a Document as parten in a document library

· Use a dummy url for the Document URL and click OK

· Open the site with SharePoint Designer, Select all files

· Select the Link to Document you created in the Document library and choose export in the context menu

· Go back to the SharePoint Site and navigate to Site Content Types

· Open the Document Set where you want to add the default content and open Document Set settings

· Select the Link to a Document content type and choose browse to select the saved file and upload it

· Now you are able to use the Link to a Document content type to add as default content!

Notes:

– You can also use this trick to set the template as the template for the content type, instead of the default /_layouts/CreatePage.aspx

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About SharePoint Architect Joran Markx
I have been working on SharePoint projects since 2003. In addition to (lead) developer and software architect, I am certified SharePoint Technology Specialist and active in design and development of Enterprise SharePoint platforms. In 2011 I have achieved a Master of Science in IT Management. This made me capable to solve complex issues from the business in an efficient and structured way. As SharePoint Architect I am working on various challenging projects with a variety of clients. Within my organisation I fullfill a leading role when it comes to internal development and sharing of knowledge. My goal is to provide reliable and predictable services to our clients with a strong focus on the results achieved for the organisations I am working for.

4 Responses to Add “Link to a Document” Content Type to the Default Content in a Document Set in SharePoint 2010

  1. ruth says:

    beautiful!

  2. AUDRIA PERRY says:

    adding a link in sharepoint where one document can change all documents

  3. Ram says:

    Hi Joran, is it possible to provide an option to down the original document when user click on download a copy option of the link created using Link to A document.
    It is the requirement for the users to download the original document to which link to a document is referred.

    • If the download a copy does not work, I am pretty sure there is no OOTB solution for this.

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