We have a list with a column name category. Now we are removing a category value lets say CTGRY. So how can we update the category value to NEWCTGRY of all the items currently having category CTGRY.

We cannot do it manually as we have thousands of items in the list.

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You can use the following PowerShell script to update your category column value.

if((Get-PSSnapin | Where {$_.Name -eq "Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell"}) -eq $null) {
    Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell;

$sourceWebURL = "<Site URL>"
$sourceListName = "<Library Name>"

$spSourceWeb = Get-SPWeb $sourceWebURL
$spSourceList = $spSourceWeb.Lists[$sourceListName]
$spSourceItems = $spSourceList.Items | where {$_['Category'] -eq "CTGRY"}

$spSourceItems | ForEach-Object {
    $_['Category'] = "NEWCTGRY"

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