note this is a repost, because the images didn’t go through the first time.

I was recently asked by a customer how to create a library or sites as a template so that you can reproduce them for a bunch of similar activities. Here is how to create a document library as a template. This can be done with all libraries, I just used the example of a document library in this instance.

Build the library in the fashion that you would like and then go to the library settings and select -> save document library as template

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Which gives you the ability to save the basic structure and the content that is associated with the library. Note the include content checkbox.

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Which will give you the following screen, noting that you have completed the task.

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Return to the menu that creates libraries and the sample library becomes a template that you can choose from.

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BTW, in SharePoint 2010 we introduce the ribbon as a way of surfacing features in SharePoint, it becomes a lot easier to work with the features in the libraries.

Enjoy