Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online

how to create term store sharepoint online

In this post, we will discuss how we can work with term store in SharePoint online like how to create term store, how to use efficiently within our list or document library in SharePoint Online.

SharePoint maintains term store like a global directory of common terms for your enterprise. This helps in increasing data consistency in your SharePoint online environment.

By default, if you will try to add term sets from site settings it will be in disabled mode. For this, we need to first add Term Store Administrators. To do this go to the SharePoint Online Admin Center and then click on the term store as shown in the fig below:

Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online
Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online

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There go to the Term Store Administrators section and add an administrator and Save like below:

Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online
Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online

Then open SharePoint online site, click on the gear icon and then click on Site Settings. In the Site Settings page click on “Term store management” which is under Site Administration. By default the Term Store Management Tool will look like below:

Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online
Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online

To start with we need to first add a new group to the term store. Right click and click on “New Group” as shown in the fig below:

Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online
Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online

Then give a name, description, group manager, contributor etc. like below:

Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online
Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online

Then we will add a term set to the group. Think to suppose you want to upload document related to SharePoint, then people can tag like SharePoint 2016, sp 2016, sharepoint2016, sp2016, sp2013 etc. To avoid these kind of things you can put define company wise terms. So that people can only choose terms from those available terms.

Right click on the Group and then click on New Term Set as shown in the fig below:

Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online
Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online

Put the Term Set Name, Description, Owner etc like below:

Working with Term Store in SharePoint Online

Working with Term Store in SharePoint OnlineNow we can create terms to the term set. Right click on the Term Set and then click on Create Term like below:

Term Store in SharePoint Online
Term Store in SharePoint Online

Here I have added 5 terms like 3rd Party Tools, AngularJS, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint Online. It looks like below:

Create Term Store in SharePoint Online
Create Term Store in SharePoint Online

Now to use term set in document list or library go back to the list or document library. And from ribbon click on Add a new column. Give a name for the column and select column type as “Managed Metadata” like below:

Term store in office 365
Term store in office 365

Then go to the Term Set Settings section and then choose the Training term set which we have created above. see fig below:

how to create term store sharepoint 2016
how to create term store SharePoint 2016

Also if you want to select a default value to it, then go to the Default Value section and then click on the Term Set to choose one like below:

how to create term store sharepoint 2013
how to create term store sharepoint 2013

Now try to add one item or try to edit meta data like below. In the training column, one icon will come to choose from the term store. Once you click on that you can see the terms that we have added to it.

how to create term store sharepoint online
how to create term store sharepoint online

Even if you try writing something it will display the related terms presented like below:

sharepoint online office 365 term store
sharepoint online office 365 term store

Hope this will be helpful.


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About Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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