I have a series of content types created in the content type gallery of the SharePoint admin center. I am trying to apply metadata in bulk using PowerShell to columns inherited from those content types.

When I attempt to use Set-PnPListItem it tells me the column doesn't exist and may have been deleted by another user. Similar issues raised here and on other forums were solved by using the actual name (from the column URL) for the column instead of the display name. The URL shows this for the column name Effective%5Fx0020%5FDate. That and the regular version "Effective Date" do not work.

I can set values of other columns which were not inherited from content types, but anything from a content type is not working for me.

I want to know if these types of columns need a workaround or a change to the standard syntax.

This Works:

Set-PnPListItem -List "Shared Documents" -Identity 237519 -ContentType "Contract" -Values @{"SortingIndex"= 8675309}

This doesn't:

Set-PnPListItem -List "Shared Documents" -Identity 237519 -ContentType "Contract" -Values @{"Effective Date"= [DateTime]"2020-7-16"}
  • This doesn't work either Set-PnPListItem -List "Shared Documents" -Identity 237519 -ContentType "Contract" -Values @{"EffectiveDate"= [DateTime]"2020-7-16"} Aug 2 at 1:19
  • Try this column name: Effective_x0020_Date. Let me know if it works. Aug 2 at 3:46
  • @GaneshSanap That worked! We were able to find the column names formatted that way from the console output generated by object.FieldValues The %Fx is an underscore.... I should have realized. Aug 2 at 22:41
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    Great, glad it worked for you! Aug 3 at 5:03

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You have to use the internal name of column in PnP PowerShell while updating the value.

When you create a column with <space> in between, <space> gets converted to _x0020_ in SharePoint.

So, for "Effective Date" display name, internal should be like: Effective_x0020_Date.

The one which you are trying (Effective%5Fx0020%5FDate) is URL encoded name. You have to decode it which should also result to: Effective_x0020_Date.

So, try using Effective_x0020_Date and it should work for you.

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