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System Generated ID number for List Items

  Asked By: Erin    Date: Feb 11    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 14932

Interesting question - I fail to figure out if there is a way to
accomplish this by default.

This is for SharePoint 2003 / WSS v 2.0

A user has a WSS 2.0 Team Site where they are tracking tasks. They used
the Task based list-template to create this list.

With this, there is a "default" and "built-in" column called "ID". To
the best of my knowledge, this is a system-generated ordinal number that
is automatically assigned to each list-item in the list.

These IDs are helpful to this user and they are typically available to
use in views of the list.

The problem is, that the user also wants to see this "ID" number in the
"Properties" view of each task as well, but it appears that we cannot
find how to add it. So from the list, if you click a list-item (task)
it opens up and displays all of the properties. How can we also have it
show the ID field here? Or can we?

I'm pretty much stuck on this one - if anyone has any ideas it would be
great.

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4 Answers Found

 
Answer #1    Answered By: Yahaira Shannon     Answered On: Feb 11

I think this works the same in 2003, but in 2007 what you would do would
be copy and edit the ViewItem.aspx page using FrontPage and replace the
ListView webpart with a DataView webpart. You can control more fully
what fields are displayed in the DataView webpart. Then you take the
edited copy and tell SharePoint to use it instead of the original form.
In 2007 you do this with SharePoint Designer. Not sure if you can do it
with Front Page in 2003, never tried before.

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Doris Leach     Answered On: Feb 11

Guess this is a pretty simplistic solution. There are probably lots of
other ways to do this.

Create Calculated Column called ItemID

For Fomula use: =ID

Then it is a regular column that you can use in any view and it shows up
in properties.

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Sumitra 2004     Answered On: Feb 11

This is great for one of my applications too. Question, is there a way
to reset the System Generated ID ? I have deleted all items  in my doc
library and would like to start at #1.

 
Answer #4    Answered By: Bhairavi Damle     Answered On: Feb 11

No, that ID is read-only, and needs to be so to avoid issues with
recycle bin, etc.

 
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