SharePoint Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for SharePoint enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

We have managed metadata working for a field where we love the auto-complete\suggestions ability. We're currently using this to populate a form (calendar entry) and enter in contact names. The problem is that the auto-complete, or Suggestions, that show up as you type only work if you start typing the same way the data is entered. So I cannot type a person's last name and have it show up as a Suggestion, I have to type the first name. In the screen shot below:

  • I can type Jon and find Jon C. Yoder
  • I can type Jon C. and find Jon C. Yoder
  • I cannot type Jon Yod and find who I want
  • I cannot type Yoder and find who I want

enter image description here

Any ideas for how to make this work the way I want?

share|improve this question

I believe that is default behavior. One way you could achieve what you are trying to do is add the last name as a synonym to the full name in the term store. That would allow you to search for last name as well. You could also add a synonym for the full name that excluded the middle initial.


As you can see, since safety is a synonym for Patient Safety, it returns Patient Safety. If Yoder was a synonym for Jon Yoder, your search on last name would work.

Depending on how you are populating the term store with Contacts, that may not be feasible.

share|improve this answer
Thanks for the reply. This is just an example of how we want to use this feature, there are plenty of other (multi-word) items like company names etc. Basically we want it to do a "contains" not a "starts with" – Jordan W. Jun 15 '12 at 22:01

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.