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How To Change Internal Name Of SharePoint List Column

Changing the internal name of a SharePoint list column requires understanding the distinction between the internal name and the display name. The internal name is the name given to the column when it was created and cannot be changed, while the display name can be changed as needed.

To find the internal name of a SharePoint column, you have a couple of options. You can navigate to the column settings page and look for the last parameter value in the URL, which represents the internal name of the field. Alternatively, you can sort the column in the list or document library and check the SortField parameter value in the URL to find the internal name.

It is recommended to avoid using special characters or spaces when naming columns, especially when creating a site or list column. This will help keep the internal name clean. However, once the column is created, you can rename it with special characters or spaces without affecting the internal name.

Unfortunately, changing the internal name of a column is not possible without recreating the column. However, you can use PowerShell to programmatically retrieve the internal name of a column. The provided PowerShell commands demonstrate how to get the internal name of a specific column or all fields in a list.

To rename a column in a SharePoint Online list, you have two options. You can use the SharePoint user interface by navigating to the list settings page, selecting the column, and changing its name. Alternatively, you can use PowerShell to modify the URL and access the edit page for that column, where you can enter the new name.

The provided PowerShell examples showcase how to rename a column using either the SharePoint CSOM assemblies or PnP PowerShell. These commands allow you to connect to SharePoint Online, retrieve the list, and update the title and description of the column to rename it.

In summary, changing the internal name of a SharePoint list column is not directly possible. However, you can find the internal name through the user interface or PowerShell, and you can rename the column using the SharePoint user interface or PowerShell commands.

Finding the Internal Name of a SharePoint Column

To find the internal name of a SharePoint column, you can navigate to the column settings page or sort the column in the list. Understanding the internal name is crucial when working with SharePoint’s object model, as some methods require the field’s internal name while others require the display name.

One way to find the internal name is by accessing the column settings page. Here, you can look for the last parameter value in the URL, which corresponds to the internal name of the field. Another method is by sorting the column in the list or document library and checking the SortField parameter value in the URL.

Method Steps
Navigate to Column Settings Page
  1. Go to the SharePoint list or library.
  2. Click on the “Settings” gear icon and select “List Settings” or “Library Settings”.
  3. Under the “Columns” section, click on the column you want to find the internal name for.
  4. Look for the last parameter value in the URL, which represents the internal name of the field.
Sort the Column
  1. Go to the SharePoint list or library.
  2. Click on the column header to sort the column.
  3. Check the SortField parameter value in the URL, which indicates the internal name.

When creating site or list columns, it is best practice to name them without any special characters or spaces. After the column is created, you can rename it with special characters or spaces, while keeping the internal name “clean”.

Renaming the internal name of a column is not possible without recreating the column. However, you can use PowerShell to programmatically get the internal name of a column. PowerShell commands can retrieve the internal name of a specific column or all fields in a list.

The sources also provide examples of how to use PowerShell to rename a column in a SharePoint Online list. These examples demonstrate how to connect to SharePoint Online, get the list, and update the title and description of the column to rename it using either the SharePoint CSOM assemblies or PnP PowerShell.

If you need to find the internal name of a SharePoint column, you can follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the column settings page of the SharePoint list or library.
  2. Look for the last parameter value in the URL, which represents the internal name of the field.
  3. Alternatively, you can sort the column and check the SortField parameter value in the URL.

In conclusion, while changing the internal name of a SharePoint list column is not possible without recreating the column, you can find the internal name through the SharePoint user interface or PowerShell. Additionally, you can rename the column using the SharePoint user interface or PowerShell commands, as demonstrated in the sources.

Method Steps
SharePoint User Interface
  1. Navigate to the list settings page.
  2. Select the column you want to rename.
  3. In the column settings, modify the column name and save your changes.
Modifying URL
  1. Access the list or library where the column is located.
  2. Hover over the field name and click on the drop-down menu.
  3. Select “Column settings” followed by “Edit”.
  4. In the URL, replace the “Field” parameter with the internal name of the column you want to rename.
  5. Enter the new name for the column and save your changes.

Renaming a Column in SharePoint Online

Renaming a column in a SharePoint Online list can be done through the user interface or PowerShell commands. In the SharePoint user interface, you can navigate to the list settings page and select the column you want to rename. Within the column settings, simply change the column name and save your changes.

If you are using the modern user interface, hover over the field name, click on the drop-down menu, and select “Column settings” followed by “Edit” to change the name of the field. However, if the “Edit” option is not available for a column, you can still rename it by modifying the URL. By replacing the “Field” parameter in the URL with the internal name of the column you want to rename, you can access the edit page for that column and enter the new name.

To make the renaming process even more efficient, PowerShell can be used. When using PowerShell, you can connect to SharePoint Online, get the list, and update the title and description of the column to rename it. The PowerShell commands provided in the sources demonstrate how to accomplish this using either the SharePoint CSOM assemblies or PnP PowerShell.

In summary, while it is not possible to change the internal name of a SharePoint list column without recreating it, you have options for renaming columns in SharePoint Online. Whether through the user interface or PowerShell commands, you can easily update column names to better suit your needs.