SharePoint 2013 – Refinement Panel showing string;# for calculated text fields

Today I had the same problem as described in the following forum post:


So first I looked into how the refinement panel works.

There is a Display template called Vertical (Control_Refinement.html and Control_Refinement.js) that creates the refinement panels


Then when I ran the Vertical javascript in my debugger I figured out that the Filter_Default.js controls the format of all the refinement panels.

Ok, so I do’t want to modify any out of the box files so I created a copy of the Filter_default.js. All I now need to do is reference it … Hmm, where is that done then?

I exported the refinement web part and within the SelectedRefinementControlsJson property it is possible to specify the filter script that should be used.


<webPart xmlns=”″&gt;
<type name=”Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.WebControls.RefinementScriptWebPart, Microsoft.Office.Server.Search, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c” />
<importErrorMessage>Cannot import this Web Part.</importErrorMessage>

<property name=”SelectedRefinementControlsJson” type=”string”> …..     “displayTemplate”:”~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Filters/Filter_Default.js”


<property name=”Direction” type=”direction”>NotSet</property>

Ok, so that is easy…  Export, change the display template for the affected filter and import the web part again ( isn’t there a property available in the interface). Yes of course there is. I just missed it the first time around. Edit the web part Then select Choose Refiners … and select the Display template

So all I now have to do is download the Filter_default and fix it and upload it to my display templates.Only about 450 lines of JavaScript in there.

Near line 232 you will find the following code

for(var i in listData)
listData[i].RefinementTokens = [listData[i].RefinementToken];
listData[i].RefinementTokenWrappedValues = [Srch.RefinementUtil.stringValueToEqualsToken(listData[i].RefinementValue)];
if(ctx.RefinementControl.propertyName == “MediaDuration”)

Add the following two lines:


giving the following result:

for(var i in listData)
listData[i].RefinementTokens = [listData[i].RefinementToken];
listData[i].RefinementTokenWrappedValues = [Srch.RefinementUtil.stringValueToEqualsToken(listData[i].RefinementValue)];
if(ctx.RefinementControl.propertyName == “MediaDuration”)

And now your refinement panel looks as expected without the string;#

16 thoughts on “SharePoint 2013 – Refinement Panel showing string;# for calculated text fields

  1. Hello, thank you for your interesting blog. I was wondering, related to the refinement panel, if you should have a solution to enable the MUI multilanguage of the refinement values. Apparently, out of the box, this is not possible in SP2013. I’ve found a custom webpart somewhere: but it doesn’t seem to work in 2013. Any tips or hints ?

  2. commented on January 21, 2015 by Adriaan

    Hi Pieter

    I believe there is a small mistake in your solution. The second line should be:

  3. commented on July 14, 2015 by heathervwhite

    Hi Pieter. This is a great post! I have a custom search page created that uses refiners of calculated columns for the month and the year. I used your fix above and it converted the refiner for the Month column correctly but the string;# is still in front of the Year column. Any ideas?

    • commented on July 14, 2015 by Pieter Veenstra

      Hi Heather,

      The easiest way to check what is going wrong:

      1. load the page in IE
      2. Run in Debug mode (F12)
      3. find the “listData[i].RefinementName=listData[i].RefinementName” lines in your javascript.
      4. set a break point on the above line
      5. Check what listData[i].RefinementName is set to before and after the above line.

      I hope this helps.


    • commented on July 14, 2015 by heathervwhite

      Update: I actually found the problem. When choosing the refiner, one of the options is multi-value refinement item or refinement item. I didn’t notice that refinement item was listed as an option 2 times for some reason. For the month, I had the 2nd one chose but for the year, I had the first one chosen. When I selected the 2nd (refinement item) for the year, it corrected the formatting and removed String;# from the fields.

  4. commented on October 1, 2015 by PeterM

    Pieter I wanted to do this based off the multi-value refinement item template. Any suggestions?

    • Sorry for the delay in responding. Did you get your issue resolved. There shouldn’t be too much of a difference for multiple or single value refinements. in both cases the string;# can be cleaned up in the same/similar way.

  5. commented on April 15, 2016 by Selvam

    Hi Pieter,

    I did the same and its working fine in Firefox. But it is not working in IE. Any suggestion?

    • Could you stick your browser debugger on and set a breakpoint in the display template on the for(var i in listData) line? That should give you an idea of what is going wrong.
      Please let me know if this helps or not.

  6. commented on April 16, 2018 by Philip Grace

    Hi, thanks for this. It solved my problem but I had to tweak the template and input the extra code using single quotes only as below:


    Again thanks for taking the time to post this fix.

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