I think Alerts in SharePoint are pretty awesome, but a lot of people complain about getting alerts that do not apply to them. You can be selective about the alert being sent out, based on a filtered view created.

Day: 5 of 365, 360 left
Tools: SharePoint Online; SharePoint 2013
Description: Creating filtered views in SharePoint

I have a custom list used for on-boarding requests. For example: Does the person require parking, a notebook, access to SAP etc. I’m not adding workflow or customizing forms, but I would like to notify the relevant people with an alert, when there is a requirement that they are responsible for.

In this post we’ll talk about setting up the filtered view, tomorrow I’ll show you how to create the filtered alert.

First step is then to write a filtered view. In this example I used a multiple select choice column in my list / library which contains the categories – of which parking will be one)

  1. Create the view, give it a descriptive name “Parking”
  2. Setup the fields to show and order
  3. Under filters, select “show Items only when the following is true”
  4. Select the column where the word “parking” has been selected
  5. IMPORTANT – if this column is a check-box choice (allow multiple selections) it means you cannot choose when column “equals to” as the word “parking” will be part of a string. So you need to select “contains”. In other words, should the requirement be “Access Card,Desk + Chair,Notebook,Parking,Telephone”, the word “parking” will now form part of the string.
  6. IMPORTANT – spelling has to be spot-on. If it doesn’t match – SharePoint will not find it. I normally copy and paste the text, just to make sure.
  7. Save the view and add a test to make sure that any new requirement, which includes parking, now displays in this view.



See you tomorrow when I’ll show you how to create the ‘filtered’ alert.

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