Managed Metadata control

Managed Metadata is a hierarchical collection of managed terms that must be defined within SharePoint Online prior to use in Nintex Forms. 

The Managed Metadata control retrieves these managed terms from your SharePoint Online environment. Once a data selection has been configured, users can select values from a list of set terms, allowing for more accurate selections.

This feature is not supported in Nintex Mobile.

Note: For more information about managed metadata, refer to the following Microsoft article:

Control settings

Following are the fields and options visible in the control settings dialog box for this form control.

Note: CSS formatting controls are available in the classic forms designer only. To style responsive forms, configure theme settings in the Properties pane.

Section Field Description



The name of the control. The name is used for comparison validation and other control references.


Title (R)

Text to display above the field on the published form. Acts as a label for the control.


Description (R)

Helper text to display under the field on the published form.


Connected to

The field to bind the input control to. For more information, see Connect controls to fields.


Term set

Term set to use for this control. To select a term set, click to display the Please select a term set dialog box. Expand term stores and groups to find the term set you want, select the term set, and then click OK to save your selection.

Note: The Managed Metadata control does not provide the fill-in value choices that are available from the SharePoint Metadata column.


Allow multiple values

Specify whether the column will allow more than one value. Note: allowing multiple values will prevent sorting in list views.



Hide or show the control at runtime.



​Enable the control to receive user input at run time.

Formatting (C)

Control CSS class

The CSS class to apply to the inner elements of the control.

CSS class

The CSS class to apply to the control. This is used to apply advanced styling options. The Custom CSS class is defined in Form Settings (refer to Form and Layout settings).



​Draws a line along the select border of the control.

Border Style

The style of the border.


Border Width (Pixels)

The width of the border in pixels.

Border Color

The color of the border. This can either be a HEX code or a named color that is supported by html.

Padding Width (Pixels)

The amount of padding in pixels that will appear between the top, left and right border and the inner control.



The form will not submit unless this control is completed correctly.


Use custom validation (C)

Enables the custom JavaScript validation for the control.

Custom JavaScript is available in the classic forms designer only.


Help text

Text that will be displayed to the user as a tooltip to guide the completion of the form.


Control Mode

Force control to be in Edit mode, Display mode, or set to Auto.


Store Client ID in JavaScript variable (C)

A JavaScript Variable will be created that references the Client ID of this control.

If Yes is selected:

  • Client ID JavaScript variable name: The name of the variable to store the Client ID in.

Custom JavaScript is available in the classic forms designer only.

  Resize at runtime (C) Allow the control to dynamically adjust its size, and adjust the form length and position of other controls accordingly.

(R): Available with the responsive designer only.

(C): Available with the classic designer only.