Multiple default values in a column of type “Checkboxes”

I got this request from Larry:

choice – Multiple select, check boxes, is there a way to have multiple default values. I may want the same 3 items to always be selected. by default SP only allows one option. This field for 90% may need those 3 requests. Can it be done?

Add this code to a CEWP below the form in NewForm or EditForm: Alter the reference to jQuery as needed.

<script type="text/javascript" src="../../Javascript/jquery-1.3.2.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
/* Multiple default values in a column of type "Checkboxes (allow multiple selections)"
 * Created by Alexander Bautz
 * v1.0
 * LastMod: 22.02.2010
 Sets the default value of a column of type "Checkboxes (allow multiple selections)",
 by passing the FieldInternalName of the SharePoint-field with an array of values to prefill.
fields = init_fields();
// Define the array if values
var myArr = ['Choice 4','Choice 9'];
// Call the function with the FieldInternalName of the field and the array.

function setMultiSelectDefaultValues(FieldInternalName,arrOfValues){
		var thisText = $(this).next().text();

function init_fields(){
  var res = {};
	  if($(this).html().indexOf('FieldInternalName="')<0) return;	
	  var start = $(this).html().indexOf('FieldInternalName="')+19;
	  var stopp = $(this).html().indexOf('FieldType="')-7; 
	  var nm = $(this).html().substring(start,stopp);
	  res[nm] = this.parentNode;
  return res;

You also might want to take a look at this one:
Limit number of allowed selections in Checkboxes choice


5 thoughts on “Multiple default values in a column of type “Checkboxes””

  1. I added a small addition, If you start with default selected items, there is no way to get back to that. Is it needed? probably not but if any one is interested I will post the code that resets checked items

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