I have a document library in which there is a choice column set to all multiple selections. I have been recently made aware that when new items are added to the library, a selection can be made but that selection is saved once the upload is complete. Attempting to edit the library in Quick Edit mode will allow for one or more selections to be made, but they are not retained once you stop editing the library.

This is not a required column and there are no workflows. This is just a basic document library. Any suggestions of why it might not be saving the selection made?


  • Is it retaining just one value or more than one value too? – Ganesh Sanap Nov 13 '18 at 18:58
  • It's supposed to allow for multiple values, but it's not retaining any values. – Ember Nov 13 '18 at 19:09
  • So found a post referencing an issue with custom xml causing the issue with being unable to update a multi-select choice column. I inspected the documents of the files I could not update and removed the offending xml (which was not placed their intentially) and it worked. Anyone heard of this or if a better fix is forthcoming? Having to edit all offending files this way could get unmanageable. – Ember Nov 13 '18 at 23:37
  • Here is the link to the reference post. social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/ie/en-US/… – Ember Nov 13 '18 at 23:37

Create a new document library using the default template, and add choice column (Checkboxes) to the library, then check if it works.

In my test, it works.

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And then check if you have some custom code in the page.

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Turns out that there was custom xml in the actual documents in the library which was causing the issue. Found no resolution, ended up going a different route with the library and its contents.

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