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Customizing the Content Query Web Part and Item Style

, 8 Apr 2014 CPOL
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This article explains how to customize the CQWP using SharePoint 2010 without any code and deployment.

Introduction

Content Query Web Part (CQWP) is used to display SharePoint content from another site within the same site collection. This web part is rather nifty and it has many cool features. With the CQWP, you can now control how the content is displayed. We can use html tables to format the display however we wish. This article explains how to customize the CQWP using SharePoint 2010 without any code and deployment.

Steps

  1. Inserting Content Query Web Part to the home page of parent site.
  2. Customizing the Content Query Web Part to display Vendor List columns of the sub-site.
  3. Updating the Content Query Web Part properties to include Vendor List columns.
  4. Modifying the Style Library Itemstyle.xsl file to include the Vendors List fields in HTML Table with Headers.
  5. Change the CQWP Style with VendorCustomStyle to render multiple columns with Headers

Inserting Content Query Web Part to the home page of a parent site

  1. Open SharePoint 2010 home page and click Site Actions, and then click Edit Page. The page will displayed in edit mode.
  2. In Editing Tools chose insert Web Part and click Content Rollup Category and select Content Query and click Add button. Refer the below screen shot.

Customizing the Content Query Web Part to display Vendor List columns of the sub-site

  1. Edit the webpart properties and under query section, select Show items from the following list and click browse button and navigate to the sub site and select the vendor Custom list located. Refer the below screen shot.

  2. Now select the following additional settings in the web part, which are as per your requirement and click ok to save the changes to the CQWP and it will display title column in the webpart.

    To display multiple fields, follow the below steps

Updating the Content Query Web Part properties to include Vendor List columns

  1. In the CQWP click and chose Export option and save the .webpart file to your desktop location. Refer the below screen shot.

  2. Open the exported .webpart file in notepad and before editing the properties refer the following instructions.
    • All the column names should be specified as SharePoint internal names. Sharepoint field internal name is different than the display name. As an example, if the column name contains any space, the internal will be encoded with _x0020_
    • The values in these fields are very sensitive and a space or semi-colon in the wrong place will break it.
    • Do not include any extra spaces between tags in the file.

    Finding the Internal Column names of Vendor List Fields

    Navigate to Vendor List and go to List settings and click one by one column and check the URL QueryString. In the query string you will see the following:

    Example 1

    _layouts/FldEdit.aspx?List=%7B04013F36%2D9F2D%2D4A5E%2DBE29%2D2CE6EE2E50FC%7D&Field=Vendor%5Fx0020%5FDescription

    Here we need to consider the Field= part which would be Vendor%5Fx0020%5FDescription

    Here %5F represents '_'. Hence the internal field name would be Vendor_x0020_Description and the Field title would be Vendor Description

    Example 2

    /_layouts/FldEdit.aspx?List=%7B37920121%2D19B2%2D4C77%2D92FF%2D8B3E07853114%7D&Field=Go%5Fx002d%5Flive

    Here the internal field name would be Go_x002d_live and the Field title would be Go-live

    Example 3

    _layouts/FldEdit.aspx?List=%7B04013F36%2D9F2D%2D4A5E%2DBE29%2D2CE6EE2E50FC%7D&Field=IT%5Fx0020%5FHelpDesk%5Fx0020%5F%5Fx0023%5F

    Here the internal field name would be IT_x0020_HelpDesk_x0020__x0023_ and the Field title would be IT HelpDesk #

    I hope the above examples will save lot of your time!

  3. Now we need to update the value of the CommonViewFields property. The CommonViewFields property is used to display desired fields in the CQWP. Find the CommonViewFields property in the .webpart file, which look like the below.

    <property name="CommonViewFields" type="string">InternalColumnNameGoesHere, FieldType</property>

    Now we need to include all our Vendor List fields as per the below.

    <property name="CommonViewFields" type="string">VendorID, Number;Title,
    Text;Vendor_x0020_Description, Text;Vendor_x0020_Country, Choice;Vendor_x0020_Date,
    DateTime;Author, User</property>

    Here Field Type is the type of the respective column. Also it is very important that the field type listed is the correct, if it is wrong, webpart will not display the data. Below are list of data types for various fields.

    • Text
    • Note
    • Number
    • Currency
    • Integer
    • Boolean
    • DateTime
    • Threading
    • Lookup
    • Choice
    • URL
    • Counter
    • User
  4. Save the .webpart file and upload it back to the home page by clicking insert and select upload a web part option and click browse to upload the updated file. Refer the below screen shot.

Now we will have two CQWPs on the home page and we can remove the old one.

Modifying the Style Library Itemstyle.xsl file to include the Vendors List fields in HTML Table with Headers

Edit the webpart and navigate to Style section to view the Style Properties which will look similar to the below screen shot. Here Item Style dropdown will show all the default styles, which need to be customized by following the below steps.

CQWP uses ItemStyle.xsl file which is located in the site collection's Style Library. By editing the ItemStyle.xsl file, we can add a custom item style, which can be selected from CQWP to show all the Vendors List fields with headings.

Editing the ItemStyle XSLT file in SharePoint 2010

  1. Open the site collection URL
  2. Replace the /SitePages/Home.aspx with /Style%20Library/Forms/AllItems.aspx to open the Styles Library.
  3. Now it will show the following list of folders. Open the XSL Style Sheets folder to view the Itemstyle.xsl file.

  4. Download the ItemStyle.xsl file to your computer
  5. Open it in a notepad and Scroll down to the bottom of the file. Now Copy the following code block and paste it above the closing xsl:stylesheet tag. Here the first HTML Table row represents the column headings and the second HTML table row represents the actual data.
    <xsl:template name="VendorCustomStyle" match="Row[@Style='VendorCustomStyle']" mode="itemstyle">
        <html>
        <table width="100%">
        <xsl:if test="count(preceding-sibling::*)=0">
            <tr>
            <td width="8%" valign="top"><div class="item"><b>Vendor ID</b></div></td>
            <td width="12%" valign="top"><div class="item"><b>Vendor Name</b></div></td>
            <td width="50%" valign="top"><div class="item"><b>Vendor Description</b></div></td>
            <td width="10%" valign="top"><div class="item"><b>Vendor Country</b></div></td>
            <td width="10%" valign="top"><div class="item"><b>Vendor Date</b></div></td>
            <td width="10%" valign="top"><div class="item"><b>Created By</b></div></td>
        </tr>
        </xsl:if>
        <tr>
            <td width="8%" valign="top"><div class="item"><xsl:value-of select="@VendorID" /></div></td>
            <td width="12%" valign="top"><div class="item"><xsl:value-of select="@Title" /></div></td>
            <td width="50%" valign="top"><div class="item"><xsl:value-of select="@Vendor_x005F_x0020_Description" disable-output-escaping="yes" /></div></td>
            <td width="10%" valign="top"><div class="item"><xsl:value-of select="@Vendor_x005F_x0020_Country" /></div></td>
            <td width="10%" valign="top"><div class="item"><xsl:value-of select="@Vendor_x005F_x0020_Date" /></div></td>
            <td width="10%" valign="top"><div class="item"><xsl:value-of select="@Author" /></div></td>
        </tr>
        </table>
        </html>
      </xsl:template>

    The field names in these are very sensitive and if we miss _x005f in the field name will break it. Make sure to include the correct field names, which is different from internal name.

    Refer the below examples for various fields.

    Field Name XSL Field Name Internal Name
    Vendor Description @Vendor_x005F_x0020_Description Vendor_x0020_Description
    Go-live @Go_x005F_x002d_live Go_x002d_live
    IT HelpDesk # @IT_x005F_x0020_HelpDesk_x005F_x0020__x005F_x0023_ IT_x0020_HelpDesk_x0020__x0023_

    Use this in an itemstyle to output a header:

    <xsl:if test="count(preceding-sibling::*)=0">
    </xsl:if>

    Use this in an itemstyle to output footer:

    <xsl:if test="count(following-sibling::*)=0">
    </xsl:if>

  6. Save the file, go to the Style Library folder and upload the updated file to XSL Style Sheets folder and click save button. Now right click the ItemStyle file and publish a Major Version. This step is very important, without publishing the major version it will not reflect the changes in the itemstyle.

Change the CQWP Style with VendorCustomStyle to render multiple columns with Headers

  1. Open the Home Page of the site and click Site Actions, and then click Edit Page.
  2. Now on the CQWP click edit and then click Modify Shared Web Part and expand the Presentation category. In the Styles section select VendorCustomStyle from Item style box. Refer the below screen shot.

  3. Now click OK in the Web Part pane to apply the Custom Style.
  4. Now the Content Query Web Part uses VendorCustomStyle and renders multiple columns with the headings in the web part.
  5. Here is the output with Headings.

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QuestionItemStyle.xsl changes not applying even after Publishing PinmemberVSarvothaman22-Apr-14 20:50 

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