The common confusion that arises when you want to re-order your columns in SharePoint List made me bring this post to you. So lets get started.

SharePoint List Views: This helps to re-order the columns that are displayed to the user. Below screenshot is the default view provided by SharePoint when you create a new list.

 

If you want to modify the way the columns are displayed to the user.

Click on the List -> Modify View as shown in the below screenshot

You will be taken to the Modify View Page.

 

when you change the “Position from Left” column ordering as shown in the above screenshot it will affect the view.

List Column Ordering: This helps you to re-order the columns and display it to the user when they enter the data into the list by clicking on add new item, refer the screenshot below.

If you want to modify the way the columns are displayed to the user here in this screen,then click on List Settings.

When you are in the List Settings page click on the “column ordering” as shown below:

You will land on the “Change Field Order” screen as shown below:

When you change the order of these columns then it will affect the way it is displayed to the user when he clicks on add new item. Hope this will give everyone a clear picture.