Contains Element (Query)

Last modified: July 15, 2011

Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2013 | SharePoint Server 2013

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Searches for a string anywhere within a column that holds Text or Note field type values.


<Contains>
  <FieldRef Name = "Field_Name"/>
  <Value Type = "Field_Type"/>
  <XML />
</Contains>

Attribute

Description

None

N/A

Minimum: 0

Maximum: Unbounded

The following example uses the Contains element within a string that is assigned to the Query property to return the titles of items where the Conference column value begins with "Morning" and contains "discussion session".

SPWeb mySite = SPControl.GetContextWeb(Context);

SPList list = mySite.Lists["List_Name"];

SPQuery query = new SPQuery();
query.Query = "<Where><And><BeginsWith><FieldRef Name="Conference"/>" + 
   "<Value Type="Note">Morning</Value></BeginsWith>" + 
      "<Contains><FieldRef Name="Conference" />
   <Value Type="Note">discussion session</Value>" + 
      "</Contains></And></Where>";

SPListItemCollection myItems = list.GetItems(query);

foreach (SPListItem item in myItems)
{
   Label1.Text += item["Title"] + "<BR>";
}
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