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Lookup column in the list

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 03, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint
I have one list on SharePoint. I want to create another list and one of the columns should pick up values from the other list. However, when I create a new column and select the type as "Lookup (information already on this site) and select my old list in "Get Information from" , I don't see all the columns of the old list but a selected few. Why is that and how can I make sure that in my lookup column in the new list, I see all the columns as I need information from the other columns?

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