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Identify the type of SharePoint List Template

There are three methods that I know to identify the type of SharePoint List template. All the methods has easy steps to execute and find the type:

     1. Using Browser Method
·         Open that SharePoint List which you want to identify its type and ensure to open that list in AllItems.aspx view. Then in your web browser click on the menu bar > View > Source or simply right click on the page and select View Source and search for ctx.listTemplate.
·         Once you find ctx.listTemplate then match its value with the available List Template IDs (Click Here).

     2. Using PowerShell Command
·         Connect to your SharePoint Server and open SharePoint 2010 Management Shell.
·         Type the following commands that would retrieve all list and libraries in a web site. Search the name of your target list/library and match the Type_Client with List Template IDs given in above link.

>> $SPWeb = Get-SPWeb “http://yourSharePointServer/
>> $SPWeb.ListTemplates | Select Name, type, type_client, Description



Using XML
·         Go to List/Library Settings and from the browser URL copy the string that appears after List=
·         Open this web site http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/dencoder/ and paste the copied string and press Decode button.
·         Now copy the decoded string paste it somewhere in notepad.
·         Get the SharePoint web site URL under which the list/library is created.
·         Now construct the URL as below example:

·         In the above URL all remain same except the website URL before /_vti_bin/ and copy your decoded List ID and put it inside the braces { } after List=
·         Then finally copy the entire constructed URL and paste into IE and press Enter.
·        In the XML returned by browser search for text ServerTemplate and match its value with the List Template ID, link provided in point 1.


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