I have created a document library, enabled Enterprise Keywords, uploaded documents, added enterprise keywords to them

I have added the keyword Farnarkle to one document along with some other keywords, If I search on this keyword it finds the document.

Now I want to create a document library view based on Enterprise Keyword=Farnarkle

I created a Standard View against the document library, and in the filter section I selected this option:

"Show Items only when the following is true"

"Show the items when the column Enterprise Keywords is equal to Farnarkle"

But when I go back to the document library and select the view, it's empty.

I can't use contains instead of is equal to because I get the error:

The filter type cannot be used with this type of column. You can apply the 'contains' operator only to columns that have the type Single line of text ..... blah blah blah

I think is equal to should be fine since it's a multivalue type column

Does anyone know how to create a document library view based on Enterprise Keywords?

  • So no one knows the answer to this? All I've had is one bad edit which I couldn't reject.
    – Nick.Mc
    Aug 9, 2016 at 1:11
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    I cannot reproduce this on my site - the filter works as expected. Enterprise keywords are enabled and are multiple select. The caml query looks like this <Where><Eq><FieldRef Name="TaxKeyword" /><Value Type="Text">FilterValue</Value></Eq></Where>
    – P.G
    Aug 15, 2016 at 19:30
  • OK so as far as you can see, Enterprise keywords are searchable by default from the vanilla search box?
    – Nick.Mc
    Aug 16, 2016 at 0:01
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    The default search box in the library works and searches through the enterprise keywords field. I know that because I have a typo in one of the keywords and when I search by it, I only get that 1 result that uses the misspelled word. Have you contacted Microsoft support?
    – P.G
    Aug 16, 2016 at 6:29
  • Wow. I just searched again and this time I got a hit. It must've taken a little while to index. Sorry for wasting everyones time here.
    – Nick.Mc
    Aug 16, 2016 at 10:09

2 Answers 2


I tried the same steps which you specified in your question, and I am able to create the Document Library view based on the Enterprise keyword. I am also verifying on SharePoint Online.

Here I am sharing my output screen snaps.

The condition which I used, I filtered where Keyword is Test


The Output View:

Output view of document library

So please ensure your condition.

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    Yes you're right. I just realised that the problem is that the file is in a subfolder. I was expecting to see it from the root folder but if it's a few folders deep you need to drill in to find it. So yes it works, just not as I expected.
    – Nick.Mc
    Aug 21, 2016 at 8:50

Why you don't try to use a filter/search web part to filter/search the library content by enterprise keywords ?

As the following steps

  • At your view page , Add a Text Filter Web Part under Filters Categories.
  • Open the Web Part edit menu and choose Connections >Send Filter Values To >your Library.
  • Choose Connection dialog, Connection Type: Get Filter Values From, click Configure.
  • Select Consumer Field Name: Enterprise Keywords, click finish.
  • Stop page Editing.
  • Enter a default value in the Default Value box as Farnarkle
  • At Appearance, Set Chrome as none to hide it.
  • Thanks - it'll take me a few days to try this. I'm surprised this field isn't searched automatically though.
    – Nick.Mc
    Aug 14, 2016 at 9:37
  • So I rechecked and the Enterprise Keywords boxes are now being recognised but thanks anyway.
    – Nick.Mc
    Aug 16, 2016 at 10:10
  • great , what was the issue ? Aug 16, 2016 at 10:18
  • I don't know but I'm guessing I didn't wait long enough for it to index the documents. I entered the keyword and searched about 10 minutes later.. it's now about a week later :)
    – Nick.Mc
    Aug 16, 2016 at 10:21
  • Thanks for your input. The problem in the end was that I assumed that a folder view applied at the root would make document appear that were in subfolders.
    – Nick.Mc
    Aug 21, 2016 at 8:51

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