Cannot delete a content type because it is in use

This problem kept me occupied for a stretch this morning. Finally, I think I have all the steps down:

1. If you have deleted all occurrences of the use of the content type, then check your recycle bins

2.Delete from site recycle bin.

3.Delete from Site Collection > Site Settings > Site Collection Administration > Recycle Bin.

4.Delete from End User Recycle Bin Items.

5.Delete from “Deleted From End User Recycle Bin.”

6. Use the following PowerShell script to check for left overs:

$site = Get-SPSite “http://sharepointsite

$rootweb = $site.rootweb

$sc = $rootweb.Fields[“name of one of the site columns to locate”]

if ($sc)


write-host ”  Found Site Column ‘” $sc.Title “‘ in gallery” -ForegroundColor Gray

foreach( $listusage in $sc.ListsFieldUsedIn() )


$listID = $listusage.ListID

foreach ($subweb in $site.allwebs)


foreach ($list in $subweb.lists)


if ($list.ID -eq $listID)


write-host ”    Site Column ‘” $sc.Title “‘ used in list ‘” $list.Title “‘ in site ‘” $subweb.Url “‘” -BackgroundColor Yellow -ForegroundColor Black






7. Or try this one:

$web = Get-SPWeb -identity sharepointsitename

$column = $web.Fields[“display column name”]


This will give you the UID of the list that you can then determine

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