How to Create a SharePoint List

What is a SharePoint list? A list is a feature in SharePoint that allows a team to organize information. A SharePoint list allows teams to add columns for different data sets such as text, numbers, date, or even currency. In addition, custom views can be created out lists to display the data in a neatly organized manner.

A list is a default SharePoint feature like document libraries. You need to create lists if you wish to make use of them.

Here is a detailed step-by-step guide on creating a SharePoint list.

Step 1: Log in to Office 365

Go to and log in using your Office 365 credentials.

Step 2: Go to SharePoint

Click on the SharePoint logo from the list of available Office 365 services and go to the SharePoint Online portal.

Step 3: Go to a Site Where You Need a List

Note that a SharePoint list can only be created in a site. Therefore, choose a site where you want the list to appear. Go to the site’s home. At this point, you will be able to see all the content stored in the site.

Step 4: Create a List

As seen in the image, click on the +New button. As you may already know, the option is used to create a new document library, page, news post, news link, app, and even a list.
Since we are trying to create a new list, select the List option from the dropdown.

Step 5: Give a Name to Your List

Upon clicking, a popup appears seeking the details of the list, including name and description. Give a name to the list and enter the description. If you would like to see the list in the site navigation, check the box. Now, click on the Create button.

Step 6: SharePoint List is Created

By this time, you should be able to create a SharePoint list. Please note that the list will be empty and you need to add data to it. You do that by adding columns.

Step 7: Add Columns to Your List

Now, add a new column to your list, from the dropdown menu.

Step 8: Create a Column Panel

Step 9: Edit List in SharePoint Online

Go to Settings -> List Settings, if you need to make changes to the list related options such as general settings, permission management, and communication.

Step 10: Change List Settings

You can pretty much configure the list from this page. Change settings to suit your requirements. You can create as many lists as you can.

We hope this article helps you.

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