SharePoint 2010: Enabling Managed Metadata features

SharePoint 2010 comes with some wonderful managed metadata features. A quick Google search returns oodles of information about planning your managed metadata, adding managed metadata columns to lists and libraries, and using metadata navigation. What most of them fail to point out is that there are features that need to be enabled in order to use the managed metadata columns and the metadata navigation. Those features aren’t exposed in the UI in an out of the box configuration.

After much spelunking and blog reading and traipsing through the SharePoint root directory, I finally figured out how to enable these two features. Using the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell (PowerShell), you simple run the following commands:

Enable-SPFeature -id "73EF14B1-13A9-416b-A9B5-ECECA2B0604C" -Url <Site-URL>
Enable-SPFeature -id "7201D6A4-A5D3-49A1-8C19-19C4BAC6E668" -Url <Site-URL>

The first one is the feature that allows the use of managed metadata columns for libraries and lists. The second one is the one that adds the metadata navigation options (and filter keys). Technically, the second feature isn’t listed as hidden and so it should show up in the UI. But, in my development install, it did not.

As a side note, when you read about features that aren’t showing in your UI, and you want to track them down, head on over to your SharePoint feature directory, which is typically:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\FEATURES

Find the subfolder for the feature you are interested in, and find the Feature.xml file within. Open it with a text reader, copy the ID for the feature, and plug it into the commands above. Run it and you’ll be able to install any of the hidden features.

Hopefully this will save someone else a major search hassle.

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  1. Thanks,
    I’m in my begins of learning sharepoints

  2. Hi,

    I have a situation here. My metadata hierarchy returns zero resuts when clicked and the filter option is not working either.

    Any ideas?

  3. Hunter

     /  June 14, 2011

    This is not correct. You can activate these in the UI. They are under the site features in site settings (not site collection features – where you may have only looked).

  4. Hunter – as I mentioned, the second one (at least) should show up, but did not show up for me.

    Sepaka – sorry, no.

  5. Deanna, thanks so much for posting this, it worked successfully for me. I can confirm that I did not see the feature for use of metadata columns in libraries and lists in the site features or site collection features, although like you I did see the one for metadata navigation and filtering.
    Do you know of any way or command to enable these features automatically for all lists and libraries on a particular site collection? The PS command activates the feature and allows you to go into list and library settings to turn on the functionality for particular lists – I am looking for a rapid way to get an Enterprise Keywords column on all lists & libs in a site collection without having to turn it on manually for each one.

    • Sorry, no. I haven’t attempted that. I’m guessing there’s a way to do it with powershell. You’d have to get the list of lists and libraries and iterate through it and add an additional column. But, I’ve not tried anything like that.

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