I want to search for a cell value in a list and only update the match where items are multivalue cells. I'm not sure if my terminology is accurate but I hope I can explain what I mean.

I'm able to search and get a match but updating the values for multivalue cells overwrites all the cell values.

I have a minimal test list with one column: User

This column is of the type 'Person or Group'. In PS the property is called: TypedObject and its value is Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.FieldUser

As this type accepts multiple values (email addresses in my case) I added two users here:

Add-PnPListItem -List $newList -Values @{"User" = "[email protected]","[email protected]"} -ContentTyp Item

If I then try to search for [email protected] and only replace it with [email protected] all the values are replaced, i.e. [email protected] as well:

Get-PnPListItem -List "Test" | Where-Object {$_.FieldValues.User.Email -eq "[email protected]} | Set-PnPListItem -List "Test"  -Values @{"User" = "[email protected]"}

The result is that the cell doesn't contain two values ([email protected], [email protected]) but only [email protected].

Is there a way to only replace one value instead of all of them?

Thanks a lot in advance.

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Set-PnPListItem command is used to update a list item, if you want the updated column contains multiple values, you need to set multiple values in the Set-PnPListItem command.

  • Thanks. So I actually wanted more like a replace option for one value within a cell that contains multiple values instead of updating the whole cell. I guess that`s not possible as I have not found any other option than to update the whole cell. Sep 11, 2017 at 11:09
  • yes, there is no way to replace one value of multiple user column, you need to update the entire column's values.
    – Kally_MSFT
    Sep 13, 2017 at 9:53

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