I'm trying to figure out why not all of my Metadata terms appear as refiners in the Refinement Panel.

I have the following content type structure:

  • Lawyer
  • Office
  • News

There are Metadata terms for:

  • Lawyer
  • Office

The content types are related to each other via Metadata columns:

  • Lawyer has an Office
  • News is related to Lawyers
  • News is related to Offices

When I perform a search, Related Offices always appears in the Refinement Panel, allowing me to filter results by Office.

However, none of the other Metadata columns appear as refiners. For example, I expect that would be able to also filter by Lawyer when I have News items in the search results.

I ran a full search crawl.

I also started experimenting with the Filter Category Definition property of the Refinement Panel, specifically the MetadataThreshold property (setting it to 0), but that hasn't made a difference.

   Title="Managed Metadata Columns"    
   Description="Managed metadata of the documents"  
   MoreLinkText="show more"    
   LessLinkText="show fewer" /> 

Appreciate the help!

EDIT: Wanted to add that I'm provisioning the metadata columns according to this blog post by Ari Bakker.

  • Did you find an answer for this ?
    – user7178
    Commented Mar 1, 2012 at 16:27
  • Unfortunately not Commented Mar 1, 2012 at 23:51

2 Answers 2


Are those columns site columns? Have you performed a full crawl? This site may help you to solve your problem.


have you set the Number of Categories to Display found on the Refinement tab in the web part properties of the Refinement Panel to a higher number than 6?

  • Would make a better comments than a answer.
    – Hugh Wood
    Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 16:26

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