The default termstore for this site cannot be identified

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While creating a site column which uses metadata you may come across the error  ‘The default termstore for this site cannot be identified’.

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To solve this issue open Central Admin and go to the Manager Service Applications.

In the list search for your Managed Metadata Service.

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Select the Managed Metadata Service Connection and click on Properties which is located in the Ribbon.

For you to use this feature in your site columns you need to have a default location to store column metadata.  Check ‘This service application is the default storage location for column specific term sets.’

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You can now create the custom terms for your column.

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