How to Delete a Column in SharePoint List/Library?

I was recently working with the SharePoint list. In that, I had a requirement to delete unwanted columns.

In this tutorial, let me show you how to delete a column in SharePoint List/Library in different approaches.

How to Delete a Column in SharePoint List

SharePoint list columns help to identify the data stored in the list, and it will arrange the data in an organized manner.

You can delete the SharePoint list column if you have any unneeded columns if the column includes incorrect information, or if there is a problem with the internal column name.

NOTE:

Throughout this tutorial, I will showed the process of deleting a column in a SharePoint list. However, you can apply the same steps to delete a column in a SharePoint library.

In the SharePoint list, we have two types of columns:

  1. Default or Hidden column
  2. Custom column

1. Default or Hidden columns: In SharePoint Online, we have some default columns like Title, ID, Modified, Created by, Created, Modified by, content type, etc. We can delete these columns in the SharePoint list. But we can delete these columns using Power Shell(programmatically).

Follow the below steps to remove or hide the default columns in the SharePoint list.

  • For example, the Title column is a default column in the SharePoint Online list. If you want to hide this column, click on column dropdown -> Column settings -> Show/hide columns option.
how to delete column in sharepoint online list
  • The new pop-up page will be open at the right corner of the SharePoint list page. Here, you can find all the default columns and custom columns.
  • Uncheck the default Title column and click on the Apply option.
how to delete a column in sharepoint online list
  • The Title column will not be displayed on your SharePoint list page, as shown in the screenshot below.
how to delete the column in sharepoint online list

Similarly, you can hide the custom columns by following the same steps.

2. Custom Columns: User can create a custom column based on their requirement. We can enable the edit option to modify these columns.

There are two ways to delete a column. Such as:

  1. Delete the SharePoint List column from the list column settings.
  2. Delete the SharePoint List column from the list settings.

1. Delete the SharePoint List column from the list Column settings:

For example, I created a Product Information list and its related columns. I want to delete the Product Available or Not column in my list.

  • Click the column dropdown -> Column settings -> Edit option, as shown in the below screenshot.
delete a column in sharepoint online list
  • The new pop-up page appears on the right side of the SharePoint list page. Click on the Delete button to delete the column.
delete column in sharepoint online list
  • After deleting the column, you will get a notification message as a column deleted (Product Available or Not was deleted). Observe the screenshot below.
delete a list column in sharepoint

You can notice that the deleted column is not visible on your SharePoint list page.

2. Delete the SharePoint List column from the List settings:

Follow the mentioned steps to delete the SharePoint list column from the list settings.

  • Click on the Settings icon -> List settings.
How to delete a list column in sharepoint
  • In the list settings, under Columns, you can see all the columns related to your SharePoint list. Here, I want to delete the Reference Image column. Click on the column that you want to delete.
how to delete the list columns in sharepoint online
  • Click on the Delete button to delete the SharePoint list column.
delete list column in morden sharepoint
  • It will ask permission to delete the column. Click on the OK button, as shown in the screenshot below.
how to delete the column in sharepoint list
  • You can notice that the column will be deleted from the SharePoint list.
delete the sharepoint list column

So, these are two simple ways to delete the columns from the SharePoint list, and I showed how to hide the SharePoint default columns with suitable examples.

I hope this article was helpful to you.

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