Monday, 23 March 2015

Exploring “Popular Items” Search web part

Hi All,

Today new interesting point in SharePoint 2013 :).

I was exploring the “Popular Items” web part and I want to see on which managed property this web part does the sorting. I have added it on my page.

Figure 1 : Popular Items web part

I edited this web part and found that there is no “SORTING” tab and no link to “Switch To Quick Mode / Switch to Advanced Mode” available.

Figure 2 : Query Builder of Popular Items web part

So here my curiosity increased J I then added the “Content Search” web part

Figure 3 : Content Search web part

I edited this web part and found that there those respective settings (“SORTING” tab, and link to “Quick Mode / Advanced Mode”) are available as

Figure 4 : Query Builder of Content Search web part

This is quite interesting.  So I exported the both web parts and started comparing and found the difference as

Figure 5 : UseSimplifiedQueryBuider property  - difference in normal Content Search and Popular Items web part

Popular Items web part nothing but the Content Search web part with very few differences. There is property called “UseSimplifiedQueryBuider” which determines visibility of “Advanced Mode”.

If we export “Popular Items” web part change this property from “True” to “False”, upload again and adds on page it shows the respective options and then I can see the “SORTING” tab and “Advanced Mode” link J


I’ll continue posting such kind of interesting facts :)

Feel free to comment /suggestions / feedback J

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