Filter the Result Pane


Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2

In addition to filtering the result pane for the EMC, you can create filters for the Queue Viewer, Details Templates Editor, and the Public Folder Management Console.

You can create filters for the result pane of the Organization Configuration node, Server Configuration node, Recipient Configuration node, and Edge Transport node.

The following figure illustrates a filter for the Mailbox node under Recipient Configuration. This filter displays all mailbox users for the server Server01.

Result Pane Filter


The result pane displays up to one thousand objects. We recommend that you create a default filter to allow the objects to display more quickly. For more information about how to set a default filter, see Step 6 of this procedure.

Looking for other management tasks related to the EMC? Check out Managing Exchange Management Console Features.


  • A filter contains one or more expressions. Each expression consists of an attribute, an operator, and a value. The attributes vary depending on the items for which you are creating the filter. For example, you can filter mailboxes based on attributes such as Alias and Display Name.

  • The list of operators that are available is based on the attribute you select. For example, when you're filtering recipients, the Display Name attribute can have Starts With as an operator.

  • The list of acceptable values is also based on the attribute you select. Acceptable values are selected from a drop-down list, such as the Role attribute for servers. In addition, you can type the values for some attributes in the Value field, such as the Display Name attribute.

  • When you are building expressions for a filter, you can't specify what is an AND or an OR expression. However, the default behavior of the filter is as follows:

    • Multiple expressions that use the same attribute are considered an OR expression.

    • Expressions that use different attributes are considered an AND expression.

Use the EMC to filter the result pane


You can't use the Shell to filter the result pane.

  1. In the result pane, click Create Filter to start defining your filter.

  2. Using the drop-down list boxes, create the first filter expression.

  3. To create a filter with more than one expression, click Add Expression. Additional expressions make the filter more restrictive, which allows you to focus more on the list of items. You can add up to 10 expressions.


    You can modify any expression as you're creating it. You can also remove any expression from your filter definition by clicking Remove icon.

  4. To view only the items that match the criteria defined by the expressions you created, click Apply Filter.

  5. To remove all expressions and close the filter, click Remove Filter. The result pane then displays the full list of items in the Exchange organization.

  6. To save the filter as the default filter, click View on the menu bar, and then click Save Current Filter as Default.

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