Site Columns created by PNP Powershell not showing up in Highlighted Content Webpart

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Hi there,

i'm getting stuck in creating some custom colums for the "Site Pages" library - to deploy some colums automatically.


I can create collumns by pnp like this:


$siteurl = ""
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $SiteURL -Interactive
$SitePagesList = Get-PNPList |? { $_.Title -eq "Websiteseiten" -or $_.Title -eq "SitePages" }
$DisplayName = "Redakteur2"
$PNPField = Add-PnPField -List $SitePagesList -InternalName $DisplayName -DisplayName $DisplayName -Type User -AddToDefaultView -Required -AddToAllContentTypes
[XML]$SchemaXml = $PNPField.SchemaXml
$OuterXML = $SchemaXml.OuterXml.Replace('Field Type="User"','Field Type="UserMulti"')
Set-PnPField -List $SitePagesList -Identity $PNPField.Id -Values @{SchemaXml =$OuterXML} -UpdateExistingLists



They show up correctly under site pages:



But I cant select the column Redakteur in the Webpart "Highlighted Content":


In the webpart only from hand created properties show up. Am i wrong here somehow?


If I compare the ouput of both fields from:


Get-PnPField -List $SitePagesList -Identity "XXXXXXX-be4a-429b-9b2a-6207e7f85535" | fl *


I dont see a big difference. I've aswell tried creating the field and setting the difference options like UserSelectionMode. But this didn't make a difference. 



Does anybody out there has an idea what is wrog here?

Or otherwise how I can deploy some custom colums for the existing site pages library?

I've tried this aswell with the command below, but this creates me a new Page Library with the same name. Seems a bug in PNP Powershell....


$siteScript = ....
        "verb": "createSPList",
        "listName": "Site Pages",
        "templateType": 119,
        "subactions": [
            "displayName": "Redakteur",
            "isRequired": true,
            "addToDefaultView": false,
            "fieldType": "User",
            "enforceUnique": false,
            "verb": "addSPField"
Invoke-PnPSiteScript -WebUrl $siteurl -Script $siteScript



Kind regards,


3 Replies
best response confirmed by ConstantinLotz (New Contributor)

Hi @ConstantinLotz 

Your code works.

After line 5 you have a "single user field" that correctly shows up in the "Highlighted Contents" webpart.
But after you switch that webpart to a "multi user field" it stops showing up in the "Highlighted Contents" webpart.

A "multi user field" did not show up in the "Highlighted Contents" webpart even if i created it manually, so i think that that webpart does not support "multi user fields".

But in this case you can alternatively just ditch the "Highlighted Contents" webpart and use a normal "Document library" webpart instead. Here you can filter by "multi user fields".
If you don't like the "List"- or "Tile"- Layout, then you can apply a JSON List formatting like this ""

Best Regards,

Hi Sven,
your are my man! It seems the highlighted content webpart does just not allow to select for multiuser. Because it was the first field I've not tried to create other types. But for example with Choice Fields it seems working :)
Thanks a lot for getting my mind clear!
Kind regards,
:) I'm glad i could help....
That "Highlighted Content" webpart is sometimes very confusing, although it looks to easy