The traditional way that I had been creating lists in a SharePoint Online site was to select the COG in the top right hand corner of the site and selecting Add an app from the menu that appears as shown above.
From there I’d select Custom List and follow the bouncing ball and create a list is one column and then have to go in and customised it. Hard work.
However, if you go to Site Contents and then select New and List you get a COMPLETELY different and much, much better experience!
The above options appear. Even better, if you select From an existing list on the left you get:
a list of every site across your WHOLE SharePoint Online experience! WOW! All you need to do is pick a list that is the same and bamm, you’ll get a new one just like it!
I can’t tell you how much time this saved me once I discovered it. I wonder how I missed the memo?