Let’s say you decide you have built a list or library and it has content, but you need to reorganize and move it to another sub site. It’s really easy in SharePoint 2010. It’s not so much a ‘Move’ as it is a ‘Save and then Create’ type of action. 

  1. Click on the List or Library and go to the click on its Settings link (either List Settings or Library Settings)
  2. Under the heading: Permissions and Management, there is a link to Save (document library or list) as Template – click that link
  3. Give the Template a File name, a Template Name, and, if you would like to include all the content, make sure the ‘Include Content’ checkbox is clicked/selected. Remember the name you gave it because you will need it later.
  4. Then, click the ‘OK’ button.
  5. You will see a message that the ‘Operation has Completed Successfully. You will also see a link for its respective template gallery in order to manage templates, but for now, just click the OK button.
  6. Navigate to the site in which you would like to add the list or library.
  7. Click on the ‘View All Items’ link under ‘Site Actions’
  8. There you will find the site template you just created under its respective heading. Click on it.
  9. Give it a name and Description, and click the ‘Create’ button.

 In case this is a one of a kind type of List or Library, and you want to remove it from the Template Gallery, follow the steps below. 

  1. Navigate to the top-level site
  2. Click on ‘Site Settings’ under the ‘Site Actions’ menu item.
  3. Under the ‘Galleries’ heading, click on the ‘List Templates’ link
  4. Click the checkbox beside the Template you want to delete. This will open the ‘Documents’ ribbon bar.
  5. In the ‘Manage section, click on the ‘X’. (If you hover over it, you will see ‘Delete Document’)
  6. You will receive a warning to make sure you want to delete the selected item (send it to the site Recycle bin). Click the ‘OK’ button.
  7. That’s all there is to it.