Is there a way to disable SharePoint from applying metadata from a copied file?

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In the attached image you can see that copy_00.xlsx is set to version 1.0 but TextField and DateField are populated from the values of original_00.xlsx.

The fields do not have default values.
This is happening in the classic and modern SPO experience.

Create an XLSX file
Upload to a library and apply metadata values
Download and rename the file
Upload the file to the library

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This is OOTB property promotion / demotion at work. You can try to disable it using PowerShell. One possible workaround is to open the file after downloading, remove the metadata, save the file and then upload the modified file. Paul | SLIM Applications

  • thank you! I have NO idea why anyone would want this enabled OOTB and it's causing a massive issue for me. Again, thank you! Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 13:40
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    Agree, It causes lots of problems when folks start copying/moving documents. I have seen this at several customers. One ends up with a mix of documents with incorrect security classification, project numbers etc..Offering functionality to enable/disable the property promotion or demotion per site or library would be ideal. An alternative it would be useful if the move/copy operation or download can offer an extra option to strip metadata present in the files.
    – Paul
    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 14:00
  • I've opened a ticket with Microsoft to see if they can flip the switch from their side. The $web.ParserEnabled property is not available to people using SPO. Fun times Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 18:55
  • Opening a ticket with Microsoft was a waste of time. Really starting to miss on-prem SP, a lot! Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 17:13
  • did you spend any time looking into creating a remote event receiver to help with this issue? Commented Aug 18, 2020 at 22:39

It is not supported to disable Document Property Promotion using PowerShell in SharePoint Online since the ParserEnabled property is not settable in Microsoft 365 tenants.

You can remove the file properties in Office client via Excel > File > Info > Show All Properties and then find the custom properties in the Properties list.

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Reference: Support the Web.ParserEnabled property in CSOM.


Setting ParserDisable to $true is available at the library level in SharePoint Online.

Basic PowerShell:

$List.ParserDisabled = $true

Longer example here:


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