I have the following data in a Sharepoint list.

Name   Animal   Species
Tom    Dog      Corgi 
Dick   Dog      Corgi
Harry  Dog      German Shepherd
Jane   Cat      (BLANK) 
June   Cat      (BLANK) 
Jared  Cat      (BLANK)

I created a view that grouped by Animal, followed by Species. So the tree looks like

---Species: Corgi
---Species: German Shepherd


Is it possible to modify the view such that I get to Jane, June, Jared immediately after expanding Cat without having to expand an empty Species as well? Because of restrictions I don't have Sharepoint Designer on my computer, but I do have Visual Studio if I need to create a wholly custom web part (which I'm hoping I do not have to do)

Thanks in advance guys!

  • This is not possible even with SharePoint Designer Commented Jul 3, 2012 at 13:02

1 Answer 1


In the end, I created two views, one with a filter for an empty Species attribute, another one with a filter for the existence of a Species attribute. I then created a new page and instantiated two instances of the ListViewWebPart on the page, setting each of them to one of the views I've created beforehand.

I then used a Content Viewer web part to embed some javascript to hide some elements making the 2 web parts look like one.

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