How to Create and Configure SharePoint 2013 Libraries

In Brief...

SharePoint libraries are ideal for organizing files for you and your team. The following steps show how to create a library in SharePoint 2013 and configure its settings.


  1. To create a new library, click on Settings > Add an app.
    Add an App

  2. Choose Document Library to build a standard library.
    Add a Document Library

  3. Click Advanced Options in the lower left to fill out full details.
    Advanced Options

  4. Name the library. Always follow your organization's naming convention, as the first name we give a list is the URL name. As a general rule, avoid spaces and special characters. Type in a Description to better define use of the library. You may also decide to keep Version History each time a stored file is changed. Finally, choose a Document Template to set the default "new" item. Click Create to build the library.
    Name and Description

  5. The library is now ready.

  6. To change any of the configuration choices, go to Library > Library Settings.
    Library Settings

  7. By clicking List name, description and navigation or Versioning settings, you may change the behavior of the library.

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