Content Query WebPart (CQWP) in SharePoint 2010

The Content Query Web Part is a tool that site designers can use to aggregate interesting and relevant slices of information on web page by letting you build queries through an easy to use UI and then display that content in unique, configurable ways.

The CQWP is designed to return roll-up content over several different scopes, anywhere from a single a list or library, to all lists or libraries across an entire Site Collection.  In SharePoint 2010, the CQWP single list query is also optimized to work over large single libraries, taking advantage of smart indices and other tools designed to improve query performance over large document libraries.

Content Query WebPart comes first in MOSS 2007, but in SharePoint 2010 there are some new features introduced.Content Query Web Part (CQWP) is used to show information from sites in the current site collection by querying, filtering, and sorting the content. Also CQWP you can show information from list as well as from publishing pages. But to use CQWP publishing features need to be enabled.

To add a content Query Web Part (CQWP) Click on Edit Page -> From Editing Tools Select Insert -> Web Part -> Select Content Roolup Categories and then Select Content Query WebPart.

Once you add the content Query WebPart you can click on open the tool pane to configure the web part. When you click on this link the Content Query window will open as shown figure below.

 From the Query section you can select to show items from all site in the current site collection or can browse the particular site or subsite or we can select the list as shown below figure.

In the Presentation tab you can Sort items, Give Styles as shown below fig. You can directly select which fields you want to display rather writing any XSLT for this purpose.

There is one new token  [PageQueryString:PARAMETERNAME] is available to handle Query String parameters. You can use this token in the Additional filers section where you can also filter on different conditions. You can see the pics below:

Also in SharePoint 2010 there is another token available: PageFieldValue which is used to filter that matches the value of another field on the same page only. [PageFieldValue:FIELDNAME] is the syntax to use this token.

That's it.

Venkat M

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