I had a user try to create a Local Term Set for a site collection, then pin term with children from our actual term store and I need to delete the Local Term Set for the site collection.

When I go to delete I get a message which sounds like it will delete the term from the actual term store and not just the local site collection

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It is the 'Client' Term set that needs deleting from the site collection group, my question is, if I delete 'Client' will it delete the top highlighted 'Communities and local government' term set from our actual term store. I have searched for the answer but I cannot find anything that would help.

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Hope this makes sense, any questions just ask.


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    It won't delete the term from the source as we are reusing the existing terms . it'll only delete the term in the site collection level.
    – Esaki
    Commented Oct 26, 2017 at 11:42

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The message is quite misleading. But that is not the case - Delete will only delete what is under the Term Set.

This action deletes the term and its child terms. If this term is a source term that other locations reuse, it is put in the Orphaned Terms term set in the System group.


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