Change Linked To Item to another Column in SharePoint List

Change Linked To Item to another Column in SharePoint List

In this post, we will learn how to Change Linked To Item to another Column in SharePoint List.

Applied To

  • SharePoint 2019.
  • SharePoint 2016.
  • SharePoint 2013.
  • SharePoint 2010.

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Linked To Item in SharePoint List

In SharePoint list, by default, the “Title” field is linked to the Item with Edit Menu as shown below!

Linked To Item in SharePoint List
Linked To Item in SharePoint List

Orange refers to “Linked to title“, and Blue refers to “linked to item with edit menu“.

But what if we need to enable a “linked to item” and linked to item with edit menu to another column rather than the “Title” column.

Change Linked To Item to another Column in SharePoint List
Change Linked To Item to another Column in SharePoint List

Change Linked To Item to another Column in SharePoint List

There is no OOTB option in the SharePoint List settings to enable the “Linked To Item” URL for another SharePoint column.

Therefore, you should use the SharePoint Designer to be able to change Linked To Item to another column in SharePoint List as you prefer.

To set another column to be Linked To Item in SharePoint List, you should do the following:

Steps

  • Open SharePoint Designer.
Open SharePoint Designer 2013
  • Open the SharePoint site that holds your list.
  • From the left side, Click on “List and Libraries”.
List and libraries in SharePoint Designer
  • Below Views > Right click on “All Items” and select “Edit file in Advanced Mode”.
Edit Files in Advanced Mode
  • Search for “<ViewFields>“.
  • Find your field that you would like to set LinkToItem URL for it.
  • Add linkToItem=”true” besides the field name.
    • linkToItem” for SharePoint 2016 / SharePoint 2013.
    • LinkToItem” for SharePoint 2010.
Link to item for a field in SharePoint List
  • Save the file, then hit F12 to review the changes in your browser.
  • Great, the new field is linkable now.
Linkable item for a different field in SharePoint List

Note: if you modified the List view from the browser, it will overwrite all the changes that you have did in the SharePoint Designer.


Linked To Item with Edit Menu in SharePoint List

In the previous section, we have learned how to change “Link to Item” to different field in SharePoint List as shown below.

Linkable item for a field in SharePoint List

But the column is not Linked To Item with Edit Menu yet!

Linked to item with edit menu for a diffrent column in SharePoint List

Change Linked To Item with Edit Menu to another column in SharePoint List

Unfortunately, we can’t change “Linked to Item with edit menu” to another column from the OOTB SharePoint List Settings as well as the SharePoint Designer. The only available option to change “Linked to Item with edit menu” to another column in SharePoint List is using PowerShell.

So, we have developed a PowerShell script that would help you to enable the “Linked to Item with edit menu” to a different column without using SharePoint Designer. Please, check the script details at Linked to Item with Edit Menu in SharePoint List.


Conclusion

In conclusion, we have learned how to

  • Change “Linked to Item” to another column in the SharePoint list.
  • Enable “Linked to Item with Edit menu” to a different field in the SharePoint list.
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