Add Metaproperties to a Smart Filter

To add a metaproperty to a Smart filter, you must create a smart filter with the type set to meta. Once you have done so, follow the steps below to add one or more metaproperties to the smart filter. Smart filters support Single- and Multi-Select metaproperties.

Add Metaproperties to a Smart Filter

  1. Navigate to your Portal.
  2. Select settings_menu.pngSettings > Taxonomy > Smartfilter Management.
  3. Click settings_menu.png next to the filter to which you’d like to add metaproperties.
  4. Under the Metaproperty column, click the drop-down list and select the metaproperty you want to add to the filter. 


    • Metaproperties display their database Name in the Metaproperty drop-down list but will display by their Label in the smartfilter in the Asset Bank.

    • A metaproperty can only be added to one smart filter. Adding a metaproperty to multiple smart filters will only show under the first smart filter it was added to.

    • In the legacy taxonomy, smartfilters support Select, Select2, and Autocomplete metaproperties
  5. Type: Defines the behavior of metaproperties added to the smartfilter.

    Available types:

    • Smart-single: Select when more than one metaproperty is added to the smartfilter. This will display each metaproperty’s options as a selectable list.

    • Select: Select when only one metaproperty is added to the smartfilter. This will display the metaproperty’s options as a selectable list.

    • Autocomplete: This will display a search bar in the smart filter that autocompletes options when users type them in. We typically recommend metaproperties with 1,000+ options.


    Users can search using a combination of partial terms and special characters. Also, they can use the AND, OR, and NOT search operators as well as quotation marks ("") for exact search and an asterisk (*) for a wildcard search. The backslash (\) can be used to search for an asterisk as a special character and not use it as a wildcard. For example: Flamin\*

    • grid: Select when images/icons have been applied to metaproperty options and Show image/icon is enabled. Displays options in a grid.

  6. Show image/icon: Displays images or icons applied to metaproperty options. Learn more about adding an image or icon to metaproperty options here.

  7. Show counter: Displays the number of assets tagged with each metaproperty option. We recommend always enabling.

  8. Z-index: Defines the order of the metaproperties in the filter.

  9. Columns: This setting has been depreciated and removed from the setup.

  10. Dependency: Select the metaproperty on which the metaproperty you are editing should be dependent. Learn more about setting up smartfilter dependencies here.

  11. Show options based on dependencies: When you have selected a dependent metaproperty, check this box so that the only options displayed in the child filter are those that are dependent on the option chosen in the parent filter.

  12. Multi filter: This option allows users to select multiple values within one metaproperty in the smart filter. It treats the search as an “OR.”

    The multifilter won't work if you have the drilldown results setting enabled for the metaproperty. If you clear this option, you can select multiple values in the metaproperty filter, and Bynder will display the combined results. More information can be found here
  13. Show empty options: This option allows users to search for assets that have not been tagged with this metaproperty. It is useful for cleanup and to ensure that all assets are tagged with a particular metaproperty.

    • Note: The "show empty option" functionality is currently not supported for the autocomplete type and will only work if the type is smart-single, select, or grid.
  14. Click Screenshot_2023-04-03_at_2.18.34_PM.png next to the metaproperty row to save. Make sure to save the row immediately after making edits to it. You will lose your work if you edit another row before saving the previous one.

  15. To add another metaproperty, click Screenshot_2023-04-03_at_2.18.40_PM.png

Supported and Unsupported Metaproperty Types

  • Smartfilters support Single and Multi-Select metaproperties.
  • You cannot add Date or Text Metaproperty types as a Smart Filter.


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