Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library

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This article explains the Rating field in a SharePoint list or library. How to enable rating in SharePoint 2013?

How to enable Rating in SharePoint?

It’s very straight forward to enable rating in SharePoint lists and libraries. If you wish to utilize Ratings on a SharePoint list or library, you might think that you can do so by simply adding the “Rating (0-5)” site column to your existing list, library or content type.

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In fact, SharePoint will allow you to do that, however doing so may or may not provide the intended results. As you may already know, the proper way to enable ratings is from the list’s settings page.



– Once created, open the list select “List Tools” Tab -> List Tab -> List Settings
– Under General Settings click on the “Ratings settings” link

Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library
Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library

– Under the Rating Settings section select “Yes” for “Allow items in this list to be rated?”

Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library
Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library

– Now a new field “Rating (0-5)” is added to the list. But the actual field name is “AverageRating”.
– Add some items in the list.

Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library
Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library


– When hovering the mouse over the Rating field it’ll show a message to add a rating. You can select the rating as relevant.
Knowing that the Rating feature relies on the User Profile Service, I checked in Central Admin under “Manage Services on Server” and verified that this service was running. I found an article that mentioned a specific timer job called “User ProfileService Application – Social Rating Synchronization Job” that is required for ratings to work. So I checked my Timer Job Definitions and could not find this Timer job. While this timer job is not specifically necessary for the ratings stars to turn yellow, I took this as a hint that something was not quite right with the rating feature.

Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library
Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library

This job executes every hour by default. If required it can be executed manually by “Central Administration -> Monitoring -> Timer Jobs -> Review Job Definitions -> User Profile Service Application – Social Rating Synchronization Job -> Run Now” or change the “Recurring Schedule” as required.

Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library
Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library

Once the Synchronization job has executed then users can see the average ratings (Blue Stars).
Before Synchronization Job execution:

Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library
Rating Field in a SharePoint List or Library

After Synchronization Job execution:

Rating Field in a SharePoint 2016 List or Library
Rating Field in a SharePoint 2013 List or Library

Hover the mouse over the blue star ratings to know you’re rating (only if you have already given a rating).

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About Sagar Pardeshi

I am Developer working on Microsoft Technologies for the past 6+years. I am very much passionate about programming and my core skills are SharePoint, ASP.NET & C#,Jquery,Javascript,REST. I am running this blog to share my experience & learning with the community I am an MCP, MCTS .NET & Sharepoint 2010, MCPD Sharepoint 2010, and MCSD HTML 5,Sharepoint 2013 Core Solutions. I am currently working on Sharepoint 2010, MOSS 2007, Sharepoint 2013,Sharepoint 2013 App Dev, C#, ASP.NET, and SQL Server 2008.

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