Sharepoint How to use content types

Site Actions -> Site Settings – >SiteContent Types (Galleries).
From here one can create content types
Click on Create
Now based on the requirement create Document,custom,folder,list,special content types
here dealing with Document libraries
If list content type is created then associate with Lists and not document libraries.
Associate a content type with a document library
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263473.aspx

Associate a content type with a document library

  1. From any view of the document library, on the Settings menu, click Document Library Settings.  ( go to home -> view All site content -> Open any exisiting document library – > then click on settings of document library settings)
  2. On the Customize page, in the Content Types section, click Add from existing site content types.If the list or library is not configured to allow multiple content types, the Content Types section does not appear on the Customize page for the list or library. In this case, do the following steps:
    1. In the General Settings column, click Advanced settings.
    2. On the Document Library Advanced Settings page, in the Content Types section, select Yes to allow management of content types.
    3. Click OK.
  3. On the Add Content Types page, in the Select Content Types section, in the Select Site content types from list, click the name of the group of site content types from which you want to select.
  4. In the Available Site Content Types list, click the content type that you want, and then click Add to move the selected content type to the Content types to add list.
  5. To select additional content types, repeat steps 3 and 4.
  6. After you have selected the content types that you want to add, click OK.      

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