Default termstore for this site cannot be identified


It is possible to receive the following error while creating a Managed Metadata column for your SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 site.


This error occurs when selecting the following setting


You will receive an additional error beneath the tekst box area when clicking on OK


The term store could not be accessed.


Microsoft mentions  the below configuration on at ‘Update a managed metadata service connection’.

Select the Managed Metadata Service Application Connection


and click on Properties


make sure the second checkbox is checked, ‘’This service application is the default storage location for column specific term sets”, and click on OK

It is now possible to select a Managed Metadata Column and create a custom term set.


2 thoughts on “Default termstore for this site cannot be identified

  1. Resolved my issue where I had created a Managed Metadata column with a term set but was unable to change the column from displaying the entire path, to just the term label, where I was getting the error saying that the Term Store could not be accessed.

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