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Dataview displays on page but cannot select fields in filter dialogue

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Hit a bit of a wierd problem in Sharepoint 2010.  Created an ASPX page in Sharepoint Designer 2010 then inserted a couple of dataviews on different lists (Risks and Tasks).  The page is supposed to be a kind of My Risks/Tasks page so we need to put a filter on the dataviews for basically Owner = [CurrentUser].  The tasks list can build the filter no problems, the fields are there in the filter dialogue.  Click, click, click, done.  When I try to do the same to the Risks, however, the fields do not appear in the drop down.  Add/Remove columns works fine,  sort and group works fine.  It’s just filter.  I’ve tried a Google search but nothing promising has appeared so far.

The only difference between the risks list and the many others I’ve added filters to in the past is that this one was created from a template saved from a different site in the same farm then customised, others were created from scratch or were standard lists that sharepoint creates from the site template (e.g. the Tasks list).  Not sure why that would stop the filter dialogue working properly but it’s the only thing that comes to mind.

This isn’t the first problem we’ve had with creasting lists from a template (although the other is maybe more explicable).  If you save a list as a template and then create a new list on a different site with the template almost all of the fields recreate OK.  Any lookup on a custom list will create but even if that list exists on the new site the field will not be connected to the parent list.  I see the solution to this to be when you export a list Sharepoint should give you an option to include any parent lists for lookup fields then when you create the list from the template it gives you the option to create the parent lists (if they were included) or to select existing lists and attach them to fields.

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Written by stephenboothuk

August 31, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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