Kartic's Musings on Corporate Information and Knowledge Management

May 29, 2007

Filtering or Grouping by Multiple Choice fields

Filed under: SharePoint — kartickapur @ 4:28 am

A SharePoint list does not allow users to create a view grouped by or filtered by ‘Multiple Choice’ or ‘Lookup’ fields.  

The reason for this was explained by my senior colleague ‘Ishai Sagi’:

“Multiple selection fields are not indexed, and as such are not “seen” by the SPSiteData query or the search engine when you do filters. This means that the built-in web parts will not group or filter on those fields, and to write a custom one that does it will be complex and reduce performance.” 

Dataview Web Part, however can be used to filter by a multiple choice field. It can only be configured using SharePoint designer. There is still no out of the box option to group by those multiple choice field.


There is another option however which can be given to the users.

As shown below, the users have an option to filter by multiple choice field, directly through any view. In the ‘Projects’ list shown below, Practice Group is a lookup field with multiple choice. As shown, you can filter using ‘Information management’ or ‘Enterprise solutions’ choice out of the box.




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