Edit list settings in SharePoint Online

The SharePoint Online List control offers you a very flexible way to display your data. You can enable dozens of settings to let you display your data in a range of formats, specify users, create workflows, add versioning, and send RSS updates as things change.

Note: Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the First Release program. If you're not enrolled in the First Release program, or your administrator has set your view to Classic SharePoint, you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.

Edit list settings

Follow these steps to open the List settings.

  1. From the list you want to edit, click Settings Settings icon and then click List settings.

    Settings menu with List settings highlighted

    Notes: Does your screen look different than the examples? Your administrator may have classic mode set on the document library or you're using an earlier version of SharePoint. If so, see Add, change, or delete a list or library on a page. If you're a list or site owner, or administrator, see Switch the default experience for lists or document libraries from new or classic.

    Some features are currently only available in classic mode. Click Return to classic SharePoint in the bottom, left corner of the page to switch to classic mode. To exit classic mode, close all SharePoint windows, and reopen.

  2. In the Settings dialog, edit the settings and properties you want, such as name, description, add versioning or validation, column ordering, or adding more columns.

  3. Each setting allows you to set or cancel your changes and additions. See below for more detail. When you're done, return to your list to see your changes.

List Settings

The following is a quick overview of what you can do in the List settings dialog. Each setting allows you to enable the setting, or save and cancel.

Edit and control navigation, set up versioning, validation, and audience, and manage advanced settings.

List general settings links

List name, description and navigation

Edit or change the Title of the list, description, and set whether the list shows on the Quick Launch bar.

Versioning settings

Set whether approval is required on submitted items, create new versions on every edit, number of submitted and approved versions, and determine who can see, edit, and approve draft items.

Advanced settings

Set the following

  • Management of content types.

  • Who can read items.

  • Who can create and edit items.

  • Enable attachments.

  • Enable folders.

  • Whether items appear in search results.

  • Whether non-default views appear in search results.

  • Reindex the list.

  • Allow items to be downloaded.

  • Allow use of Quick Edit for items.

  • Launch forms in a dialog.

  • Manage indices automatically.

  • Display list using new or classic experience.

Validation settings

Specify a formula to use for validation.

Create a message that helps users understand what valid data looks like.

Audience targeting settings

Enable audience targeting column to filter contents based on a users context.

Manage your lists IRM, keywords, and workflow, and set permissions for the people you want to contribute and view the list.

List permissions and Management Settings links

Delete this list

Deletes the list completely and returns you to the home page.

Permissions for this list

Set the list's permission levels for different user groups on the site.

Information Rights Management (IRM)

Enable and create a permission policy title and description, configure document access rights, and set group protection and the time frame when credentials need to be verified.

Workflow settings

Set workflow association types for the list, item, or folder. Add, remove, block, or restore a workflow.

Enterprise Metadata and Keywords Settings

Add an enterprise keyword column and enable keyword synchronization.

Set up RSS feeds to go out as list items change.

List communications (RSS) settings

RSS Settings

Set the following:

  • Enable RSS for the list.

  • Truncate multiline text fields to 256 characters.

  • Set the Title, description, and an image URL for the RSS feed.

  • Select the columns in the list to show in an RSS description.

  • Set the maximum number of items to include, and the maximum number of days in the RSS feed.

The columns settings provide the ability to show or hide columns, create or add existing columns, column ordering and column indexing.

List column section in List Settings

Edit columns

You can click the column to edit and edit the properties, such as required data, unique values, and maximum characters for a text field.

Create column

Create a column using one of many types. Set the name, description, and specific parameters depending on the type of column added.

Add from existing site columns

Add columns to your list that were used in other lists on your site. Set them to show or not on a default view.

Column ordering

Change the order columns appear from left to right on your list.

Indexed columns

Create or remove up to 20 column indices.

See and create views

List view section in List settings


See views of your list data. Click to edit items.

Create view

Create Standard, Datasheet, Calendar, Gantt, or Access view of your data. Each view type provides settings of its own. You can also start from an existing view.

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