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Custom document library template at farm level.

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 19, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

Dear all..

I'm trying to create a custom document library template at farm level, as I want to template to be available in all the sites I create.

The thing is that I'm not sure if I'm taking the correct approach. I just need a standard document library with 3 additional columns (Metadata) 2 text fields and one date field. I will then add a document library of this type to a custom site template I've already created. (So instead of list with Type '101' I will use my custom 10055 library.

The way I'm trying to do this is:

1. I make a copy of the FEATURES\DocumentLibrary folder of my installation. So now I have FEATURES\CustomLibrary folder

2. I create an empty SharePoint project in Visual Studio 2010 and map the TEMPLATE folder, and the I add CustomLibrary folder and all the files and subfolders in it.

3. I edit the feature.xml, and add a newly generated GUID

4. I make the modifications I need to the other xml files included in the DocLib and SiteTemplates subfolders. (Type=10055, etc..)

5. I right click on the solution and deploy.


After this, I can't see my custom library when I try to create a new item in my sites. 

One thing I don't understand is why the OOTB DocumentLibrary feature has HIDDEN = true in the feature.xml file. Anyway I've tried both in my custom template, but

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