We're trying to create a seach query that grabs a content type based on a taxonomy field added to our custom Publishing Page content type. We seem to be having one of two issues:

  1. We don't know how to call a field that has a space. We've been using the internal name Department:{Page.EH_x0020_Department} and also tried the display name Department:{Page.EH Department}. Neither work, nor does inserting %20 between the two.

  2. We just don't know how to call a managed-metadata page field. If we copy/paste the term we want returned into the title of the page {Page.Title}, the query works. Are we missing something that is extra for managed metadata fields?

I couldn't find anything aside from the basics on Google, I appreciate any help that can be given.

  • I have gotten confirmation from Microsoft that this is indeed a bug with SharePoint 2013. I will update this with any solution I hear back from them.
    – EHorodyski
    May 8, 2013 at 13:06

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Certainly late to the game here, but for the benefit of anyone else that stumbles across this page, you can use the following to reference a Managed Metadata column called MMSFieldName in the CSWP:


The reason for this is that the token is transformed to the GUID (TaxID) rather than the plain-text label value. In the above owstaxIdMMSFieldName would be the crawled property name - you cannot use a managed property for this purpose.


It may well be a bug, but for fellow travellers, I found this in TechNet.

Dealing with spaces in values

Search queries use the space character to tokenize query values issued by users. When a query variable is expanded to a value that contains a space, the complete value is enclosed in double quotations. For example, for the query author:{User}, the expanded value becomes author:"John Smith".

If you don't want the value to be enclosed with double quotations — for example, when concatenating multiple values — you can use the escape character in the query variable. For example: customProperty:”{\User.Name};{\User.ZipCode}” would become customProperty:”John Smith;98109”.

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