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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.


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.


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:


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



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:


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?

One Response

  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! 🙂

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