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SharePoint Discussion Column provides a custom column that allows users to record their discussion in the item without creating new version or recording empty contents.

The following is a sample to use SharePoint Discussion Column. And here we configure all the settings based on SharePoint 2007 as example.

Members of SharePoint group named "Support Team" need to discuss current task in a list.

The members are as following:

SharePoint Discussion Column support team member

A list Task Arrangement is as following and each task is assigned to a member of the support team.

SharePoint Discussion Column task arrange list

1. Create discussion column

On the Settings menu drop down list, click "Create Column”.

Create SharePoint 2007 Discussion Column

On the Create Column page, choose Discussion Column, and enter the name (such as Discussion), and then click OK.

Configure SharePoint Discussion Column

Now the discussion column is created in the list as following.

SharePoint display append text column

If you select the "Display discussion in all items page" Check box when create a discussion column, the discussion column will be displayed in all items page as following.

SharePoint Discussion Column configuration

SharePoint Discussion Column Creation

2. Discussion

Users can enter words in the item which they have permission.

Supposed that Henry has permission to edit the item, after he inputs his words into the discussion field and click OK, the content will be recorded in the discussion history.

SharePoint Discussion Column inputted by Henry

Others can view discussion history when he/she edit the item.

SharePoint Discussion Column inputted by Bill

Create new entry in SharePoint Discussion Column

Edit SharePoint Discussion Field

SharePoint Discussion Column inputted by Cathy

3. View discussion

User can view discussion history in item display form:

BoostSolutions Discussion Column View Entry

Now the discussion details show as following.

Display SharePoint Discussion Column Content

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