I am using SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, and I am using publishing portal template. I heard for SharePoint list/list column, it has an internal name which could be used for programming (as identifier for list/list column), and also has a display name (which is showed for end user for list name or list column name).

How to find and set such internal name and display name for list/list column?

thanks in advance, George


If you are asking how to find the list GUID (Globally Unique Identifier), navigate to the list and choose Settings --> List Settings. You'll get a URL that looks something like:


That long string of characters at the end is your GUID, although it is URL encoded, so change:

the %7B to a {
all %2D to hyphens
the %7D to a }

Giving you a list GUID of: {16FF7A0D-0E12-47F7-B03E-59E59925FBBA}

(or easier, just use the URL encoding converter here: http://www.blooberry.com/indexdot/html/topics/urlencoding.htm)

  • Sorry, I do not mean GUID. I mean InternalName and Name of a field. Any ideas how to find InternalName and name of a column? SPField f = //some field f.InternalName; f.Title; – George2 Dec 11 '09 at 18:45
  • Cool, question answered! – George2 Dec 13 '09 at 7:35

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