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Is Null Filter Condition for List Views

I have always wondered why SharePoint List Views don’t have filters for  Is Null and Is Not Null when CAML Queries support it.

U2U CAML Creator


List View


Turns out it does. When you select “is equal to” and “is not equal to” and do not enter any text it generates “IS Null” and “Is Not Null” CAML Queries for the View.



Result into this



Tools used:

U2U CAML Builder



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  1. Tyler
    April 3, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks. One problem I have with this is that there’s no way to do null when you’re dealing with dates. If you try leaving the space blank, it tells you “Filter value is not a valid date.”

    • bazztrap
      April 3, 2009 at 7:16 pm

      Try doing greater than 0. I think I read some where how it translates to checking for null

  2. Angela French
    January 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I came across your post trying to find and answer to the Not Null filter. It still does not work for me. When I set the column to “is not equalt to” and leave the value field empty, I get “The filter type you selected cannot be used with this field….”
    My field is a multiline type. Anyone else experience this?

  3. October 17, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I just used it for a date field and it worked great. Date is not equal to…

  4. G
    February 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Funnily i flipped it around as in went with blank as my first condition DATE = NULL in conjunction with (in my case an OR) the second condition DATE= greater than or equal to .. [Today] and it worked!!!!

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