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Using the Filter Pane in a Modern SharePoint Library in SharePoint Online

February 24, 2017

I’ve been using the new modern SharePoint library experience in Microsoft SharePoint Online for some time now. However every now and then I stumble across a button I haven’t used before in this new experience. These are not new buttons… I haven’t found a reason to use the function until I seek them out.

For example, I was working with a series of files in the new modern SharePoint Library and went to click on the Information icon to open the Information pane to check out the metadata properties of a file. That is when my eyes spotted an icon that looked like a funnel for the first time.

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The Filters pane popped open and I realized I had a new way to refine the list of files by multiple properties all from the same place.

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Filtering files by properties is not new. For example, in the classic experience you can select a column header and filter – such as in this example using by File Type – see:

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You can do the same in the new modern SharePoint Library experience – such as this example using by Modified By – see:

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What’s different about the Filter Pane in the new modern SharePoint Library is that you can filter by multiple metadata properties all from one place – see in this example, you can filter by modified (date), modified by (person), and by type of file:

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Pretty neat, eh? I think so! What is a new-to-you feature that you’ve recently discovered in the new modern SharePoint Library experience in SharePoint Online?

5 Responses

  1. Joan Martin says:

    Technology never ceases to amaze me. Every other say there are new developments and even more interesting things being talked about for future. Endless possibilities makes me even more curious. Wonderful insights here at you blog. Shall keep watching this space for more! 🙂

  2. Bur Davis says:

    Did you know you can drag the vertical divider between the filter pane and the records you’re viewing to resize the filter pane? I dragged it all the way to the right to hide the filter pane. Now I can’t drag it back. And when I click the Filter pane button, nothing happens. Well, it’s clear that it’s trying to toggle the filter pane to be visible, but it can’t, since I dragged the divider bar all the way to the right. Do you know of any way to re-set it?

    • Hi Bur,
      That is an interesting situation… I went into my sandbox and yes, I can also resize the filter pane (which is cool!). I’m also impressed that it REMEMBERS the position you resized it to when you click the Filter pane button!
      What’s bizarre is that when I switch to a different Library, the Filter pane stays open! In ye old days of SharePoint 2010, you would click out of a Library to “reset” changes you’d make to the records, so I figured this would work for the pane as well, but not in SP Online.

      I unfortunately have not been able to recreate the Filter pane getting stuck all the way to the right. I do move it until it’s completely hidden, but if I hold my mouse over the vertical divider for 2 seconds, the arrow switches to the horizontal arrow and lets me click and drag it open again. …

      [Update 1] Ok, now mine is broken too! Grrr…. I’m going to escalate to my SharePoint team to see what they suggest. If you’ve figured out a solution please, let me know!

      [Update 2] And it’s broken across all the SharePoint sites I open… The temporary workaround is to use a different browser. I switched to Edge (from Chrome) temporarily until I find a fix.

      [Update 3] Ok, new workaround. Use Incognito mode in Chrome… and the Filter pane is NOT stuck. Empty Cache and Hard Reload didn’t fix it. Strange. I might have to blow away this profile and start from scratch. #notawesome

      [Update 4] Ok, no need to blog away the profile. The fix is to: manually Clear the Browsing Data. #phew

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