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How do I customize the content query web part in SharePoint 2010?

Posted on 2011-02-16
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Hello Everybody,
We recently created page with a links list of over 50+ links.  Is it possible to use the content query web part in SharePoint 2010 to show only the top 10 frequently used links?  If so, could you please provide instructions on how to customize the content query web part.  Thank you in advance for your help.
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The content query will only grab content that's available to it

I don't believe the list has any field that actively tracks activity.

I think this may be what you're looking for:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ecm/archive/2010/03/21/introducing-web-analytics-in-sharepoint-2010.aspx
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Hi Sleetish - Thank you so much for your quick reply.  I greatly appreciated your feedback but let me try to reword my question again.  We have already picked out the 10 links and somehow would like to "customize" it through content query web part to show those 10 links on the Home Page.  Is this possible?  Please let me know.  
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Rafael I earned 2000 total points
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Easy way:
Why don't you use a "Content Editor Web Part" instead and enter the links manually instead of trying to retrieve them?  If one of the 50 links changes, you'll have to edit it, but then you won't have to worry about trying to make data connect.

Hard way:
Create a yes/no column in your 50+ link library that you will edit to say yes if you want it to display on the homepage, then use a Content Query Web Part to retrieve values from your list that are set to "Yes".  This method would also let you set a value for how many links to display at a time.

One way is more fun and the other way is quicker :)
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Amarely,

Very possible.  Rawsteak's suggestions would work.  His "Hard way" is actually more or less how "Top Sites" works.  You could actually customize a Top Sites web part and just change the query to get the same functionality.

Alternatively in a similar but not so hard way, you could add an additional field and put any value in it, and then sort items by that field, only put something in those 10 links fields, and limit the amount of links on the front to display only 10.  It will return those 10 first, so they would be the only links that show up.

Does that make sense?
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Hi Sleetish - Thank you for introducing me about the Web Analytics report and will need to do more research on it.  :)

Hi Rawsteak - I've decided to use your second suggestion and was able to pull the 10 links using the Content Query Web Part to retrieve values from list that are set to "Yes".  Could you please show me if there's a way for users to be able to clink on the link and it directly takes them to the website  instead of going through this page-?  Please see screen shot  below Page.  Thank you in advance for your help!
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Thank you so much for all of your help.  It is greatly appreciated.
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