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Expand and Collapse Groups in Content Query Web Part

Margie Morales

In SharePoint, grouping documents from a library by creating a choice column is a way of organizing content. However, another way to group is to add the Content Query Web Part to a page, which has a grouping parameter, as well as the option to display the groups in different columns. While having an organization strategy for documents is great, when there are many groups and many documents within the groups, the page may appear cluttered.

To add expand and collapse functionality to the groups, a script editor web part can be added to the page. After pasting in the following CSS and JQuery into the script editor web part and saving the page, the groups will be collapsed.

<style type=”text/css”>












<script src=”https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.10.0.min.js” type=”text/javascript”></script>

<script type=”text/javascript”>


$(‘.cbq-layout-main li ul’).hide();

$(‘.cbq-layout-main ul li’).click(function() {






The result would look something like below with a plus sign to the left of each group.

When the plus sign is clicked the group expands and switches to a minus sign on the left.

If there are other web parts using the same class of .cbq-layout-main on the page you may need to adjust the JQuery function to target the ID of the web part. The ID begins with #WebPartWPQ2 with the number at the end being different for each web part. You can find this using your browser’s web developer tools. For example, in Google Chrome you can right click to inspect an element and view the corresponding HTML markup.

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