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Sharepoint query based on lookup column

Hi, I am having an issue making queries for lookup columns. No matter what I try, I always get the error "Column XYZ does not exist".

 

Shyan_0-1688999950593.png

This is an image I found from someone with the exact issue I have but it doesn't work for me. 

 

Order_x0020_Header is the internal name of the lookup column, Title is the internal name of the column in its original list. Even while trying this, Sharepoint tells me that my column does not exist. It doesn't even get to the Title part. 

 

Below is what it looks like on my end.

 

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I created a list named lookup test, which has a lookup to another list with the names of countries, and I want to populate the country value in my list:

David_MA_3-1689011552580.png

Next, I want to create a workflow to only get items where the Country value is Canada. The internal name of the lookup field in my list is Country:

David_MA_1-1689009983457.png

In my get items query filter, I would use Country/Title eq 'Canada' as the query filter:

David_MA_4-1689011597767.png

I got the same error you did. By adding /Title after the internal name of the lookup field it worked. With lookup fields two parts are returned. The first part is the row ID of the item in the lookup list followed by the actual value:

David_MA_5-1689011705841.png

This worked for me and returned the two rows containing Canada.

 

 

 

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S-Venkadesh
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Hi @Anonymous ,

I have tested your scenario and created a Lookup field with the following details:

SVenkadesh_0-1689012507476.png

 

  • Title of the column: "TEM Req. Assign2"
  • Internal Name of the Column: TEMReq_x002e_Assign2

When writing a query, both of the following options returned the desired result:

Option 1: TEMReq_x002e_Assign2/Id eq '1'
Option 2: TEMReq_x002e_Assign2/Title eq 'test'

I recommend verifying the internal name of the field using one of the following methods:

Method 1: Go to List/Library settings, click on the column, and evaluate the internal name from the URL.
Method 2: Run the "Get items" action without a filter and verify the column name from the output.

I hope this information is helpful. If it is, please consider giving a thumbs up.

 

Best regards,

Venkadesh Sundaramurthy

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David_MA
Super User
Super User

I am not exactly sure what you are trying to filter, but your screen shots show that you appear to be trying to combine two different fields into one in your query filter. I can tell this because a query filter field would not contain a backslash. If the field did have a backslash, it would have the escape character instead (for example, _x0020 for a space). You only need to use the internal name of the field in the current list where you are getting the items from. You cannot reference a column from another list.

Anonymous
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Hi there, I have done other queries for fields that ARE NOT lookup field, without the extra backslash stuff with no issues. But when I tried to do it that way without the backslash for lookup fields I got the "column does not exist error". I found a youtube video of someone walking through referencing lookup fields in another sharepoint form (what I am trying to do) and the screenshot is my attempt at doing that. If you know of a different way of doing this please let me know.

I created a list named lookup test, which has a lookup to another list with the names of countries, and I want to populate the country value in my list:

David_MA_3-1689011552580.png

Next, I want to create a workflow to only get items where the Country value is Canada. The internal name of the lookup field in my list is Country:

David_MA_1-1689009983457.png

In my get items query filter, I would use Country/Title eq 'Canada' as the query filter:

David_MA_4-1689011597767.png

I got the same error you did. By adding /Title after the internal name of the lookup field it worked. With lookup fields two parts are returned. The first part is the row ID of the item in the lookup list followed by the actual value:

David_MA_5-1689011705841.png

This worked for me and returned the two rows containing Canada.

 

 

 

S-Venkadesh
Super User
Super User

Hi @Anonymous ,

I have tested your scenario and created a Lookup field with the following details:

SVenkadesh_0-1689012507476.png

 

  • Title of the column: "TEM Req. Assign2"
  • Internal Name of the Column: TEMReq_x002e_Assign2

When writing a query, both of the following options returned the desired result:

Option 1: TEMReq_x002e_Assign2/Id eq '1'
Option 2: TEMReq_x002e_Assign2/Title eq 'test'

I recommend verifying the internal name of the field using one of the following methods:

Method 1: Go to List/Library settings, click on the column, and evaluate the internal name from the URL.
Method 2: Run the "Get items" action without a filter and verify the column name from the output.

I hope this information is helpful. If it is, please consider giving a thumbs up.

 

Best regards,

Venkadesh Sundaramurthy

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