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Is it possibly to copy/migrate values into a managed metadata column? Everything I'm reading either pertains to SharePoint OnPrem, or copying/migrating taxonomy (groups and sets) - neither of which apply.

I have a choice column that contains values. We've since begun to use the Term Store. Now that I've created a managed metadata column pointing to the appropriate term set, how can I move existing values from the previous column to this new managed metadata column?

This won't be a one-time-only task. We have numerous opportunities to begin using the Term Store, if I can copy existing values to the new columns.

Thank you!

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  • Did you ever figure out a solution? I'm considering doing the same but when I try and copy across a Single or Multi selection from a Choice column to a Managed Metadata column in Grid view in a Document Library, I get error: The data returned from the tagging UI was not formatted correctly. Also, just for reference, I notice when I export these document libraries from SharePoint online - Choice column outputs values like Option01;#Option02 whereas Managed Metadata column outputs values like 47;#Option01;#48;#Option02. I have not yet figured out what the numbers represent. Commented Jun 12, 2021 at 8:45
  • For reference, seems there are existing answers here and here - but i don't have PowerShell access where I am. Commented Jun 12, 2021 at 8:49

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