1. I haven’t tried this out but managed meta data columns are nothing more than a regular lookup fields. It should be possible to lookup the correct value from the taxonomyhiddenlist and use then the values in SharePoint. Never tried this out but it is my first idea I came up. There you might not have to add columns.

  2. I have a metadata field which allows multiple selection..above described works for single selection..Could you please tell me how to get value if its multiple selection?

  3. Try this:

    1) **Find substring in string** in which:

    - substring is just the pipe | character
    - string is your metadatafield_0 field
    - output: index1

    2) **Extract substring from string with length** in which:

    - substring is your metadata_0 field from the current item
    - starting location is 0
    - end is the output of the first step (index1)
    - output: substring1

    Now log substring1. In my case this results exactly in all characters in front of the pipe character:)

    • Jaap:

      I swear I tried to go this sort of route and couldn’t get there. I don’t see **Find substring in string** in the installations I can get to. The only “Find” action I see is minutes between dates.

      If it works for you, I believe you, and boy does it make me question my approach!


  4. Hey there. Looks like your site is getting a lot of hits about managed metadata and workflows so I thought I would share a solution.

    I also had an issue not seeing the “Find substring in string” action in SPD 2013. The issue I found out with mine was that I was working with a workflow created with SP 2010 and not 2013.

    Recreate the workflow in 2013 and you’ll have all the string manipulation actions available.

    • Sonny:

      That’s a great solution, should you be using SharePoint 2013. Many, many people are still on SharePoint 2010 and probably will be for years. It’s a shame there isn’t an easier way to do this.


  5. Marc,

    I am also facing issue where SharePoint workflow simply doesn’t fire when a new item is created or item edited. Times I have to re-start workflow manually, or edit item again.

    Is there any fix ?


    • Parth:

      There are many reasons why a workflow might not fire or may fail. IMO, the workflow engine isn’t highly reliable in the first place. I see too many instances simply not run. You also may have code in place which is interfering with the workflow or it may have an error in it.



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