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Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2007 Bible by Simeon Cathey, Wayne Tynes, Wynne Leon

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Customizing the Data View Presentation

Once you have inserted a data view on your page, you can modify the selection and presentation of data by setting filters and group-by options, and configuring conditional formatting and columns as links. These options provide additional flexibility and almost endless opportunities for customizing and presenting data. You can customize your data views using the following methods:

  • Filtering: By filtering the data returned in your data view, you can present the data that users need.

  • Grouping and sorting: Grouping allows you to create distinct, expandable/collapsible containers for the data in your data view and to sort based on these grouping criteria.

  • Conditional formatting: You can format the data in your data views according to conditions so that data that needs particular attention because it’s met a threshold stands out, or you can downplay information or records that are not critical.

  • Creating hyperlinks: Linking back to source data or actions is important when you are presenting data so that users can research further or take action, especially if you are combining multiple data sources.

  • Connecting Web Parts: By connecting Web Parts, you can enable users to drill down on a particular item and see details or connected information. Connected Web Parts also allow you to use Web page space wisely because you can filter the range of information that needs to be displayed based on user interaction.

  • Modifying data view columns: If your data changes ...

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