Insert data source in SharePoint Designer 2013 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi everybody,

    I am new here though trying to observe all forum policies. I am German - so please accept some language difficulties.

    First of all this looks to me as the appropriate forum to publish my question, please advice if I should publish it somewhere else.

    I want to filter flexible a library. Therefore I want to use a list that I created, lets say with information on orders of the company, to show up in a drop down list and after choosing an entry the library should be filtered accordingly. To accomplish this I am using the sharepoint designer and wanted to follow a very nice way, that is described in a very nice German book. 
    The quintessence described is to create an aspx website page, insert a drop down field, insert a dropdownlist which I did. Now I would have to add a datasource and this is exactly the issue where I need your help. In SharePoint designer 2013 within the ribbon "Insert" I can choose the list I want to use and insert it but I have no idea how to connect it to the drop down list.

    Anybody any idea?

    Thanks a lot for any reply

    Friday, May 29, 2020 10:01 AM

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  • Hi Stefan,

    You could achieve this by using some code.

    1. Open Microsoft Visual Studio.

    2. Create a new SharePoint 2013 Empty Project.

    3. Add a new visual web part into it.

    <asp:DropDownList ID="drpbind" runat="server"
    Using microsoft.SharePoint;  
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)   
        if (!Page.IsPostBack)   
            using(SPSite site = new SPSite("http://winserver/sites/customsite/"))   
                using(SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb())   
                    SPList list = web.Lists["Authors"];  
                    drpbind.DataSource = list.Items;  
                    drpbind.DataValueField = "Title";   
                    drpbind.DataTextField = "Title";   


    Best regards,

    Emily Du

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    Monday, June 1, 2020 9:40 AM
  • Hi Emily,

    Sorry but my problems are starting at point 2.. Though I installed Visual Studio (2019) it does not let me create a project as "SharePoint Server is not installed on this system". I have no idea how to install a SharePoint 2013 instance on my computer and I am not able to connect Visual Studio with the SharePoint instance of the company ...

    (Sorry I just wanted to make the SharePoint of the company a little better ...)

    Thanks for your help!!!


    Tuesday, June 2, 2020 6:56 AM