Group By Content Type in SHarePoint Lists and Libraries
With the Old Look and Feel you could make a little tweak with SP Designer and get a list or library to group by content type:
Now when I look at the same view in the New Library look and Feel it It groups by the GUID of the Content Type, not the text.
No Brainer...another simple but essential feature being ignored by MS.
Nicole Byers commented
Trying to convert our pages/sites to SP modern and ran into this roadblock. Even by adding on ?groupBy=ContentType and saving the view does not work as it defaults to expanded. This is an important function to have OOTB in the list of available group by columns.
Incredible this still isn't a supported feature...
We really need this to move forward with an offboarding form that we are working on.
Carry Megens commented
There is a lot to be asked for in Modern SharePoint, but this one should be trivial for you Microsoft - just make this happen. CT's are the bread and butter for any document management system. You cannot ignore that fact and leave us dangling in the modern presentation layer. Please fix.
N M Gallavan commented
I totally endorse the below comment
"The Modern lists and libraries functionality definitely took a big step backward by removing the ability to group by content types. On behalf of so many people who used this functionality, please add that back!"
Not good enough Microsoft!
Luke Burgess commented
For anyone using content types I'd expect that this functionality would be a requirement. There are work arounds that get you 90% of the way there however there are inevitably problems and the process needs to be repeated if you make any change to the view! Looks like a simple change given that adding ?groupBy=ContentType almost gets you there.
The Modern lists and libraries functionality definitely took a big step backward by removing the ability to group by content types. On behalf of so many people who used this functionality, please add that back!
Stephen Little commented
This is a complete no-brainer. As soon as the (very powerful) capabilities of content types are used, so begins the battle of visually separating them in views with pages, web parts and all kinds of web parts which are less than ideal.
Content types are awesome - please just do this.
This is a very needed feature, in addition Content Type and DocSets are getting the minimum love from Microsoft while its advertised as the future of folderless plateform!
Colin A Thornton commented
Killing us with this simple request. Been waiting over 10 years for this to come out of the box.
Robert Sawyer commented
I have added three votes to this request. It seems very strange that grouping by content type is not available within the UI view configurator.
What makes this even more strange is that you can modify the view via SharePoint designer and group by content type! You can also then group to another level as well. I have configured and have this running in a modern document library.
Come on Microsoft, content types are critical to SharePoint and in particular document libraries. If you want to promote the use of this functionality then please add this capability.
one way to do it is like this:
but it only groups by Content Type... no further granularity...
The entire point of content management is organizing around content types... the fact we're 2 + years into this request, and there is no way to group by content type is mind boggling. But yet, sway is getting new features. ;)
Need to be able to filter by Content Type also, like we used to be able to do in SP 2007. Stop taking away features!
Greg Hodgins commented
Eric, that looks promising. Manually adding it works. Now I just have to research how to add a query string variable before saving the view. :-) Seriously thanks. This is closer to a real solution than the hack mentioned above we had to do in classic. There certainly are some seemingly basic features like this that are hard to believe they are still out there without resolution after YEARS - and modern isn't fixing them. In some cases like columns widths it gets worse.
Eric Ivarsson commented
Perhaps not a supported solution but I was able to save a view grouped by content type in a modern document library by manually adding "?groupBy=ContentType" as a query string variable before saving the view:
Any feedback with the above issue.. we are also having an issue but with SP Online.
SP2013 works fine.