MetaShare’s supported site columns

There are many different types of site columns in SharePoint but in MetaShare these are the only ones that we currently support:

  1. Managed Metadata columns
  2. Person or Group columns
  3. Date columns
  4. Single line of text columns
  5. Choice columns

Please let us know if there are other types of columns that you wish to have support for in MetaShare.

Managed Metadata column

  • This field displays values that correspond to terms in a term set, that the column is linked to. If it has less than 75 terms, if you click on the field, its terms are shown under it and you can scroll through the list:
    A managed metadata column shown as drop down
    If you start typing only the terms that contain the typed phrase will be shown in the drop-down:
    A managed metadata column showing items matching a query
    If it has 75 terms or more, the drop-down is not shown when you click on the field. If you however start typing the terms that start with the typed phrase will be shown in the drop-down:
    A managed metadata column showing items that start with the query
    But if a term has other labels, like in this case where we have added “SharePoint” as an alternative label to the “Microsoft SharePoint” label:
    The terms default label and other labels
    Then “Microsoft SharePoint” will also be shown in the list of available terms when searching for “Share”:
    A managed metadata column showing items matching a query
  • Managed metadata are by default restricted to only allow single values but can also be configured to allow multiple values:
    A multiple values managed metadata column
  • Managed metadata columns can either be closed (only administrators can define the selectable values, by managing the column’s terms in the corresponding term set) or open (the end-users are able to add new values to it). If the column is open, this is the behavior of these fields:
    • When adding a new value “(new)” is shown after the term’s name. You can select the new value by clicking on the new value or by pressing the “Enter key” on your keyboard:
      An open managed metadata column, allowing you to create new terms
      After selecting a new value, the user will get a confirmation that the value will be added to:
      An indication is shown that the term will be added to the term set
      Note that terms that are created by end-users, from the document’s property form, are created in a flat structure, i.e. users will not be able to define if a term should be a child of another term.
  • If a tag is a child of another tag (the tags are organized in a hierarchical structure), we show the tag’s parent in the in the document property form. We do this to be able to differentiate terms, if they have the same name but are located under different parents:
    A tag’s parent shown in the document property form

Person or Group column

  • In this field a user can do a lookup for an individual in tenants Office 365’s Azure’s Active Directory. When clicking on a field of this type, the user needs to type at least 3 characters and then the applicable values will be presented in a list, where the user can select one of the values:
    A person or group column
  • Person or groups columns are by default restricted to only allow single selections but can also be configured to allow multiple selections.

Date and Time column

  • The column setting “Date and Time Format” needs to be set to “Date only”:
    Date and Time Format
  • In this field a user can select a date from a date-picker. In order to more quickly find the current date, it is highlighted:
    A date column

Single line of text column

  • This is a free-text field, recommended for fields that are not to be filtered/refined:
    A single line of text column
  • The column could be configured to only allow a maximum number of characters (the default and maximum value is 256 characters). If you exceed this length you will get a warning:
    A single line of text column with a length restriction

Choice column

  • The column setting “Display choices using” needs to be set to “Radio Buttons”:
    Display choices using
  • In fields of these types a user can only select one of the values defined for the column, by clicking on the radio button next to the value. This field type is only recommended for values that do not change over time and that do not have more than 3 values:
    A choice column