SharePoint 2010 FilterZen webpart – Powerful filtering

This post is not meant to be an advertisment. It is more a summary of my experience with filtering lists and the lack of some possibilities with OOTB features of SharePoint. In this post i will just look at one feature which i needed for a customer.

About the scenario: In SharePoint the document library provides the functionality of using metadata navigation and metadata keyfilter webparts. This keyfilter webpart can filter the metadata column of a list /library. But the filter works only with an OR Operator on one column. That means, that one of the filter values needs to match at the column and it will display the row. Well my customer needed a solution which uses an AND Operator, so that the result will only be the items which have exactly both or all terms / filtervalues in their column.

Now you might imagine how the FilterZen webpart can help you to filter your list/library as you desire or helps you to satisfy your customers needs. I downloaded the FilterZen webpart, installed it using the setup application on the SharePoint Server and was able to add some new webparts to the page with the listview and configure my filter. The result is below in the pictures.

I also like the autocomplete input field. The configuration of the webpart is full of features, so you have many options which can be set. Learning by doing or reading the manual – what you like.

Some words about the licencing and under which circumstances it is for free, you can read here. Some more information and which features are included you’ll find here.


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Karsten Pohnke About Karsten Pohnke
He is Consultant for SharePoint Solutions for collaboration, communication and business processes. He provides his customers applications based on standard features as well as development or combining the power of several microsoft tools like Dynamics CRM. In his free time he tries to collect tipps and worthy experience in this blog.