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Programmatically enable Enterprise keywords in SharePoint 2010


Enterprise keywords are used to tag the documents when uploading the documents in the document library. Enterprise documents can be enabled in both SharePoint lists and libraries. Enterprise keywords - Terms are stored in a non-hierarchical way and available for users to key in which is known as folksonomy (free tagging). In this article we will be seeing how to enable Enterprise keywords for a list using SharePoint object model.


  1. Managed metadata service application should be configured. 

  2. Web application should be associated to the Managed Metadata Service Application.

Programmatically Enable Enterprise Keywords:

To enable Enterprise keywords through UI refer

To enable enterprise keywords using object model do the following steps:

  • Open Visual Studio 2010. 

  • Go to File => New => Project. 

  • Select Console Application template from the installed templates. 

  • Add the following references.


  • Add the following namespaces.

using Microsoft.SharePoint;

  • Replace Program.cs with the following code.

using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Linq; using System.Text; using Microsoft.SharePoint; namespace EnterpriseKeywords { class Program { static void Main(string[] args) { using (SPSite site = new SPSite("http://serverName:22222/sites/Test/")) { using (SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb("BL")) { SPList list = web.Lists.TryGetList("dl"); if (list != null) { SPField field = list.ParentWeb.AvailableFields["Enterprise Keywords"]; if (!list.Fields.ContainsField("Enterprise Keywords")) { list.Fields.Add(field); list.Update(); Console.WriteLine(field.Title + " added successfully to the list"); } else { Console.WriteLine(field.Title + " column already exists in the list"); } } else { Console.WriteLine(list.Title + " does not exists in the site"); } Console.ReadLine(); } } } } }

  • Build the solution.

  • Hit F5.

  • Go to the =>Permissions and Management => Enterprise Metadata and Keywords Settings.

  • You could see the "Enterprise Keywords" enabled.

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