How to Add Lists and Libraries to Your Site

Justin AntczakMon, 10/14/2019 - 14:54

Lists and libraries are two of the primary building blocks of SharePoint.  Most of the content users add to SharePoint will be stored in a list or library, depending on the type of content.  Let’s take a look how to add them to your site.  We will create and add a list in this example, but the same steps are used for a document library.

One way to create a list is through the Site Contents page.  Click the settings gear in the top right in the Office Suite bar and select Site Contents (you may also have a link to the Site Contents page in the Quick Launch).

how to add lists and libraries

On the Site Contents page, click New and then select List from the dropdown.

Site contents page - how to add lists and libraries

You can create a new list from scratch or start from an existing one. In this example, we will create a list from scratch. Enter the name of the list and click Create.

Creating a list from scratch - how to add lists and libraries

There are many ways to interact with a SharePoint list, but in this blog post we will focus on creating and adding them to your sites and pages. First though, let’s add a few sample items to this list. You can add them one at a time with the New button or several at once using the Quick Edit.

Add samples to list - how to add lists and libraries

adding samples - how to add lists and libraries

Now that we have a list, we can add it to a page.  While it is perfectly fine to work with the list directly, you can see and work with multiple lists at once when they are on a page.  Go to a page you would like to add the list and click Edit.

Go to page you would like to add list - how to add lists and libraries

Click the + sign in one of the sections on the page to add a web part (a list is a type of web part).

Click + - how to add lists and libraries

Scroll down in the pop-up window and choose List.

Choose list - how to add lists and libraries

Choose the list you want to add.

Choose list - how to add lists and libraries

Now you will see the list with the default view showing.

Default view - how to add lists and libraries

The Edit Web Part icon will let you make some changes to the list, such as what view to show.  We will cover views in another blog post, but the ability to set different views on your SharePoint pages is very useful.

Edit web part - how to add lists and libraries

Once you are done adding the lists to your page, click Republish (or Publish if this is the first edit made to the page).

Republish or publish - how to add lists and libraries

Now you can see the lists you added on the same page and can easily view and modify them.  You can create your own customized dashboard of content in a matter of minutes!

View lists - how to add lists and libraries

The modern experience really enhances your SharePoint pages and allows you to quickly add, move and modify your content to suite your needs.