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

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

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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.

  • 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.
    Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 22:01

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