When using audience targeting on a CQWP it works when you set the target on the web part but when you set the audience on the items in a list it does not display any items.

Does anyone have any experience with this and how it can be overcome?


  • Are you using a SharePoint Audience or an AD Security Group for your groupings of users?
    – mcnarya
    Nov 30, 2011 at 16:45
  • We are using a SharePoint audience that was created at the top level in central admin Nov 30, 2011 at 16:52
  • Apply Audience Filtering is checked, when you check include items that are not targeted you get all items back Nov 30, 2011 at 17:27
  • This is really bugging me because i do this all the time. I am trying to reproduce the issue and cannot. So instead of trying things here and there this is what I did with a new Audience and a new webpart. 1. Create a new Audience. Add the Rules, and Compile the Audience. 2. Added a new CQWP and and checked the two checkboxes in the answer below. 3. Added the Target Audiences existing fiedl to a list, and targeted to my new group. As expected everything worked fine. The only thing that wouldn't make my test work is not compiling the audience.
    – mcnarya
    Nov 30, 2011 at 18:26
  • Thanks for the feedback I will take a look at what you are suggesting and let you know Nov 30, 2011 at 18:38

1 Answer 1


Verify that these two checkboxes are checked in your CQWP properties:

  • Apply Audience Filtering
  • Include items that are not targeted

I believe that you need the "Apply Audience Filtering" for the item level targeting to work. "Include items that are not targeted" is needed to show things that have no targeting.

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