SharePoint : Feature

A feature is a package of Windows SharePoint Services elements that helps a user accomplish a particular goal or task. For example, one Feature might be named "My Favorite Items" and contain the following:


  • A custom list that stores, per user, a list of the user’s favorite items. This list is created as a single hidden list per workspace when a Feature is enabled.
  • A custom menu item, named "Add to Favorites", that is attached to all lists and adds an item to the Favorites list.
  • A Web Part that shows the user the top 10 favorites, with usage and link tracking to bring true favorites to the top.


Each of these individual elements, by themselves, may not be useful, but when you enable all of them on a site they become a complete Feature that solves a particular task.

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