Multiple Web Part Connections in SharePoint 2010

Unlike SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010 allows you to do more than one web part connection to a list view web part out of the box! That also means you can use more than one filter web part on a list view web part!

Here is a screen shot that exemplifies using multiple web part connections:

projectWPconn

In this screenshot, a user can filter by the project AND by the project phase to find related tasks. Sure you can filter the “Related Project” and “Project Phase” fields on the Tasks list view web part separately by clicking on each of the field titles and filtering them but using web part connections makes it easier for the user to switch between projects and project phases. Also, if the user is new to SharePoint, it’s not immediately obvious that you can filter by clicking on the field title, whereas clicking on a project to filter all tasks related to the project is more intuitive.

You can even add to this example by using filter web parts – ie. You can use a current user filter web part to show only the tasks assigned to you.

Being able to have multiple web part connections to a list view web part opens the door to all sorts of possibilities for slicing and dicing data within a list!

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One Response to Multiple Web Part Connections in SharePoint 2010

  1. Jeffrey says:

    What kind of web parts are you using to filter with?

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