Term store definitions

On this page we explain the definition of the three highlighted boxes in the image below.
The definition of different elements in the term store

Term set group

  • A term set group contains one or several term sets.
  • Permissions can be set on a term set group (define which users that should be able to edit its term sets and terms).
  • Term set groups can be Created or Deleted. If deleted, all term sets under them will also be deleted.

Term set

  • A term set contains terms that can be hierarchically structured.
  • A term set can be open (allow normal users to add terms to it) or closed (terms can just be managed by term store administrators).
  • Term sets can be created, renamed, imported (requires a term set import file), deleted, moved to another term set group or copied, see this page for further instructions.


  • A term can be available for tagging or just used as a grouping of terms.
  • Terms can be created, renamed (when a term is renamed, the change is not propagated till a timer job propagates these changes to all workspaces), moved, merged, deleted, sorted or reused/pinned, see this page for further instructions.