SharePoint Online document library’s “new” button supports multiple content types

I love Office 365! I especially like the monthly release cycle and the new updates and features it gives us. Of course, the release cycle comes with its challenges, but today it made me and a lot of business users very happy. What happened? Let me show you!

The release of SharePoint Online 2013 came with an awesome new feature for document libraries that let us finally create new Office documents with just one click on the new button, as you see in the screen below:

Unfortunately, if we attached custom content types, the button stopped working. Instead of seeing the option to select the content types, we saw a pop-up that presented the option to upload a document. That was such a bummer because now we had to teach business users to go the ribbon and open the custom content types. This was not very user friendly or logical.

Those days are finally over! Today I noticed the new ability to create a new custom contnet type, which is shown below:


Finally! Our custom content types are available after we click on the new button. Awesome. Thanks Microsoft!

What’s next? Hopefully the ability to edit content types in the Quick Edit view. A man can dream.

3 thoughts on “SharePoint Online document library’s “new” button supports multiple content types”

  1. could you share how you achieved this. I’ve looked around but so far nothing has work for me.

    1. Hi, this should work by default. Are you using SPO? I would advise to create a support ticket with MS.

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