As you may or may not know, besides the normal column names that you see and know about in SharePoint lists and libraries, there are Internal Column Names. Most of the time, you will not need to even know about them, much less use them.

However, there are times when you actually need to know them and use them.

I came across this when customizing the columns shown in a particular view.

If and when you get to this point of need, go to your list/library and click on the Libary/List tab and go to the List/Library settings page. In the ‘Columns’ section, of course, there is a list of all the columns. Right-click on the column for which you need the internal column name and choose ‘Properties’ from the context menu.

At the bottom of the text on that dialog box that pops up, you will see ‘Address (URL)’. at the end of the url will be a querystring ‘Field’. The internal column name will be at the end of the querystring (Field=YourInternalColumnName). That being said, the first time I came across this, I did not see it. What you won’t know until you actually highlight the url, and drag downward. There are no scrollbars present, so this isn’t an obvious interface to understand. Trust me though – it’s there.