Steps to create a SharePoint Document Center

Learn what a SharePoint Document Center is, what it offers in SharePoint 2010, and how to create a Document Center in SharePoint 2010.


A Document Center is a site in SharePoint, so you can create it just like you create any other type of site in SharePoint 2010.

The only difference with other types of sites is that a SharePoint Document Center is optimized by default for creating, using, and storing a large amount of documents.

You can create a SharePoint Document Center to create and manage documents or to archive documents.

When you create a SharePoint Document Center, a default Documents document library is created by default, and SharePoint versioning as well as check-in and check-out are enabled by default on this SharePoint document library. You can use this document library to create and manage documents.

A SharePoint Document Center also supports certain content types by default such as a Word document content type and the Document Set content type. An additional feature is that the New Document button on the Ribbon also allows you to create links to documents that are located elsewhere.

And if you have the Document ID Service site feature enabled on the site collection, you can use the Document ID search facility of the SharePoint Document Center.

To create a SharePoint Document Center:

  1. In SharePoint, navigate to the top-level site of a site collection or any other SharePoint site under which you want to create a Document Center.
  2. Click Site Actions > More Options.
  3. On the Create page, select Site under Filter By in the left navigation bar, click Document Center, enter a Title and an URL name, and click Create.

Once you have gone through the steps above, SharePoint should redirect you to the newly created Document Center.

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