Multi-level Group By in Document Libraries

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Hi,

I've just watched a youtube screencast by Lincoln DeMaris taken from this year's Ignite - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJzR2SL0qFs.

 

In it Lincoln talks about the roll-out of 'multi-level group by' although the screencast itself seems to only ever show 2 levels of grouping. Can someone please confirm:

1) if functionality for grouping by more than 2 levels is coming

2) what, if any, will be the new limit on grouping

3) when this is expected to be rolled out for SharePoint Online

 

Many thanks,

Phil

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We still have this in our backlog - there's no ETA for the capability.

 

How many levels of group by do you think would be useful?

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Hi Lincoln,

 

Ideally there wouldn't be a limit on it (which in effect means it's limited by the number of columns you have).

 

At the moment the use case I have is around migration and taking an organisation who has used SharePoint libraries as a direct replacement for a file system and implementing a flat structure which uses metadata to aid with findability. To help those users who are wedded to their folder approach to document browsing, multi-level group by allows the creation of a 'virtual folder' hierarchy which can replicate any folder structure.

 

Offering search based UI, filter based UI and folder-based browsing UI means we can offer a really rich experience that meets lots of different users needs/desires rather than forcing people to change their habits overnight.

 

Thanks,

Phil

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What we notice in the old view is when you do grouping the performance of your library is going down..
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Thanks for your feedback.  I'm glad you see it this way:  cool metadata features help share the benefit of SharePoint above flat files and folders in a file share.  We should focus on features that help ordinary users realize this value.  

 

If you're in first release, you should give the new Smart Filters feature a try and let us know what you think!  https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Use-smart-filters-to-find-your-file-or-list-item-293561ed-f...

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@Lincoln DeMaris 

2 more would cover 80% of all my requests. It would perfectly emulate old folders structures and help people stop using folders and move into the metadata world. So, how are we looking on the ETA?