Finding TaxonomyHiddenList

On September 17, 2010, in Insights, by Pete Skelly

Pete goes after trying to find additional metadata using a couple of tools like SharePoint Designer and his trusty friend, PowerShell…

Recently, I needed to view some additional information about the meta-data defined for a client. I tried using SharePoint Designer 2010 to view the TaxonomyHiddenList, but the list does not show up for some reason (if I am missing something, someone educate me please).

Some digging in PowerShell to get all lists for a given site gave me enough information to go on and then by simply pointing my browser to [site url]/Lists/TaxonomyHiddenList/AllItems.aspx I was able to get the information I needed.

Taxonomy Hidden List Item

By the way, once you have the information like the ID, TermSetId and others (see the List Settings for the list schema), you can then query for list items based on meta-data and many other things using custom code. Peter Holpar has a great post, Some words about TaxonomyFieldValue and its WssId property, for using this information in custom solutions.

Hope this helps someone else in the future.

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Hi am using a metadata field with multiple selection,trying to display the text in emial thru SPD workflow..

it shows the whole string value|GUID..Am trying to get just the value..Could you please let me know how i can get values from taxonomyhiddenlist?




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