Category Archives: SharePoint

Approve or reject list items

I have previously posted a JavaScript solution for approving multiple documents or list items. This is an updated version that adds two buttons in the ribbon: one for “Approve” and one for “Reject”. Refer the original solution for details, but please note that the variables for controlling the text values have changed.

Use this code to load the solution in a list view
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="/Scripts/ApproveOrRejectSelected.js"></script>
Change the default text values

If you are happy with the default, English text, you can skip this next step.

To override the default text, add this to the CEWP below the script reference to “ApproveOrRejectSelected.js”,and change the text as you like:

<script type="text/javascript">
spjs.contentApproval.text = {
	"approveBtn":"Approve selected",
	"rejectBtn":"Reject selected",
	"groupLabel":"Approve or Reject",
	"working":"Processing items...",
	"done":"{0} items processed"

You can wrap it like this to switch based on the logged in users language (in MUI environments):

	case 1044:
		// Add Norwegian values
		spjs.contentApproval.text = {
			"approveBtn":"Approve selected",
			"rejectBtn":"Reject selected",
			"groupLabel":"Approve or Reject",
			"working":"Processing items...",
			"done":"{0} items processed"
	case 1031:
		// Add German values
		spjs.contentApproval.text = {
			"approveBtn":"Approve selected",
			"rejectBtn":"Reject selected",
			"groupLabel":"Approve or Reject",
			"working":"Processing items...",
			"done":"{0} items processed"
Download ApproveOrRejectSelected.js

Get the file here.


Remove click events and disable anchor tags in a SP2010 calendar view

I got a request from Larry Pfaff:

…Can all the links be disabled on a calendar view and allow navigation between months for sp 2010?

A bit back and forth between Larry and me produced this code:

<!-- refer jQuery -->
<script type="text/javascript">
$(".ms-acal-rootdiv").bind("click dblclick",function(){
            return false;
            $(".ms-acal-item [bricked!='1']").each(function(){    
                        $(this).attr("bricked","1").bind("click dblclick",function(){              
                                    return false;
            // Single day events
            $(".ms-acal-sdiv a").each(function(){
                        var text = $(this).text();
            // Events spanning multiple days
            $(".ms-acal-mdiv a").each(function(){
                        var text = $(this).text();

Put it in a HTML Form web part – or link it from a CEWP placed below the calendar view.

This code is tested in SP 2010 only.


Customized forms using SharePoint Designer – how to use the init_fields function

Change log
June 27. 2013
I have changed the function “init_fields_customForm()” to properly set the “fieldType” and “fieldDispName” in the fields object.

This is a repost of a previously published article. I have updated the code examples for compatibility with newer solutions. I cannot guarantee that this code will make all my various solutions work in a modified form as some of the solutions have a variant or the init_fields function embedded and you would have to modify it in the *.js file for that particular solution, but it will give you an idea on how it works.

I get this question a lot:
How can i use these scripts in a customized form?

The answer is simple, but i will explain it so that you understand why it’s not working.

This script relays in the function init_fields() to identify and “objectify” the form by it’s <TR> tags (table rows). What the function does is to find all the FieldInternalNames in the code by this “information-tag”:

<!-- FieldName="This is the DisplayName"

It then make an object which, when called with the FieldInternalName of a field, returns an object containing that table row (both formlabel and formtable).

When initiated like this:

fields = init_fields_v2();

You address a <TR> like this:


Where “FieldInternalName” is the FieldInternalName of your field. Read here how to identify the FieldInternalName.

This is the original function for use in standard SharePoint forms:

function init_fields_v2(){
	var res = {};
	var myMatch = $(this).html().match(/FieldName="(.+)"\s+FieldInternalName="(.+)"\s+FieldType="(.+)"\s+/);	
			// Display name
			var disp = myMatch[1];
			// FieldInternalName
			var fin = myMatch[2];
			// FieldType
			var type = myMatch[3];
				}else if($(this).find("div[id$='_TextField_inplacerte']").length>0){
			// Build object
			res[fin] = this.parentNode;
	return res;

Customized form

When you modify the list form in SharePoint Designer, you loose the FieldInternalName and therefore the function init_fields_v2() does not return anything.

To address the fields on a custom form you have to find another way of addressing these fields and to “objectify” them in the same way as the script init_fields_v2().

To achieve this, we add an id attribute to the <TD> that holds the ms-formlabel.

Here is an example of code from a customized form:

	<td width="190px" valign="top" class="ms-formlabel" id="TitleColumnCustomID" fieldType="SPFieldText" fieldDispName="Title">
		<H3 class="ms-standardheader">
			<nobr>Title<span class="ms-formvalidation"> *</span>
	<td width="400px" valign="top" class="ms-formbody">
		<SharePoint:FormField runat="server" id="ff1{$Pos}" ControlMode="New" FieldName="Title" __designer:bind="{ddwrt:DataBind('i',concat('ff1',$Pos),'Value','ValueChanged','ID',ddwrt:EscapeDelims(string(@ID)),'@Title')}"/>
		<SharePoint:FieldDescription runat="server" id="ff1description{$Pos}" FieldName="Title" ControlMode="New"/>

Note the id, fieldType and fieldDispName:
id=”TitleColumnCustomID” fieldType=”SPFieldText” fieldDispName=”Title”

To use the a custom made ID attribute, replace the init_fields_v2() function with this one:

function init_fields_customForm(){
	var res = {};
		res[] = $(this).parents('tr:first');
	return res;

The field type attribute is essential to get right for the functions “getFieldValue” and “setFieldValue” to work!

List of field type identifiers
Field type FieldType identifier
Singele line of text SPFieldText
File name SPFieldFile
Number SPFieldNumber
Currency SPFieldCurrency
Single choice column SPFieldChoice
Multi choice column SPFieldMultiChoice
User SPFieldUser
Singel lookup SPFieldLookup
MultiLookup SPFieldLookupMulti
Boolean value (Yes/No) SPFieldBoolean
Hyperlink or image SPFieldURL
Date and time SPFieldDateTime
Multi line of text SPFieldNote

To “get” the Title field value you address it like this:

fields = init_fields_customForm();
var myTitleFieldValue = $(fields['TitleColumnCustomID']).find("input").val();

Ask if anything is unclear.


Dynamic Forms for SharePoint: Now with field tooltip

Change log
June 03. 2013
Changes in v2.981

  • Added Danish date format (LCID 1030).
  • Added option to arrange multilookup columns vertically.
  • Changed the identifier for the headings to prevent them from getting a new ID when they are moved or another heading is deleted.
  • Fixed a bug setting a multichoice column as mandatory using the fill-in option.

Multichoice columns vertical:

May 20. 2013
Changes in v2.98

  • Added support for arranging checkboxes (choice columns – allow multiple selections) in multiple columns. You find it under the Misc tab.

This update requires you to update the *.js and the *.css.

May 16. 2013
Changes in v2.971

  • Fixed required field check for multichoice columns.

This update requires you to update the *.js.

May 13. 2013
Changes in v2.97

  • Fixed missing trigger for Currency field.
  • Added option to initially hide a list of fields. This option is found under the Misc tab.

This update requires you to update the *.js.

May 13. 2013
Changes in v2.961

  • Fixed a bug in bringing fields visible when NOT using Tabs.
  • Cosmetics: Hidden the “Edit button” behind an image. Update the CSS file to have it initially hidden.

This update requires you to update both the *.js file and the *.css file.

May 10. 2013
Changes in v2.96

  • Disabled the solution when the page is in edit mode to prevent errors.
  • Fixed a glitch in “reversing” rules when using multichoice checkboxes.
  • Attempted to fix a chrome issue with disappearing scrollbars.
  • Added an option to include an overlay with “Loading, please wait…” to prevent flashing the unformatted form when loading – see details below.

In this release only the *.js file has changed, but if you want to use the overlay, follow the instructions below.


If you have some errors in your setup, or you do not have the latest version of the DFFS solution (2.96+), you will see this message after 5 seconds:

To use the overlay, place a HTML Form Web part ABOVE the form, and insert this code:

<style type="text/css">
<div id='dffs_loadingOverlay' class='dffsOverlay'>Loading, please wait...</div>
<script type="text/javascript">
		var oDiv = document.getElementById("dffs_loadingOverlay");
		if(oDiv !== null){
			oDiv.innerHTML = "<span style='font-size:20px'>This took forever!<span style='font-size:12px'><br><br>Ensure Dynamic Forms for SharePoint v2.96+ is referred correctly.<br><br>Click to close this overlay.</span></span>";
			oDiv.onclick = function(){
The article

I have updated the Dynamic Forms for SharePoint solution and incorporated the Form Field Tooltip for SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 solution.

The DFFS solution still supports SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013.

New in this release
Added tooltip:

Keep focus on tab through DispForm to EditForm
I have rigged it so that you will keep focus on the same tab when you edit a list item from DispForm.

How to update
You must update both the *.js and the *.css file. Get the latest version of the files from here

If this is the first time you implement this solution, please start with the first article linked above for setup instructions.

Update spjs-utility.js
You should update spjs-utility.js to v1.15 as I have fixed a bug in “getFieldValue” when using “Allow ‘Fill-in’ choices”.

Please comment below if you find a bug – or you like this solution.


SharePoint form: present fields side-by-side: Updated version

I have previously posted a solution for presenting form fields side-by-side.

This is an updated version derived from the DFFS project.

I have made this updated version by request from Steve Eberl because the older version proved incompatible with IE10. Hopefully this new version will be more compatible, but honestly: I have not tested it in IE10, as I have not installed it yet!

I have done some quick tests in SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010. I guess it will work for SharePoint 2013 also, but this has not been confirmed. Please let me know if someone has tested it.

<script type="text/javascript" src="/test/English/Javascript/jquery-1.6.4.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="/test/English/Lists/SideBySide/spjs-utility.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

spjs_sideBySide = {
		var h, b;
			var cssArr = [];
			cssArr.push("<style type='text/css'>");
			$("body").append(cssArr.join("")); = true;
				$(fObj[o.fin]).before("<tr class='sbs_OuterTR' id='sbs_OuterTR_"+o.index+"'><td valign='top' colspan='2'><table class='sbs_OuterTable' style='width:100%' cellpadding='0' cellspacing='0'><tr class='sbs_InnerTR' id='sbs_InnerTR_"+o.index+"'></tr></table></td></tr>");
			h = $(fObj[o.fin]).css("display") === "none";
			b = [];
			b.push("<td FieldDispName='"+$(fObj[o.fin]).attr('FieldDispName')+"' FieldType='"+$(fObj[o.fin]).attr('FieldType')+"' class='sbs_Field' fin='"+o.fin+"' id='sbs_Field_"+o.fin+"' valign='top' style='white-space:nowrap;");			
			b.push("<table class='sbs_FieldTable' style='width:100%' id='sbs_FieldTable_"+o.fin+"' cellpadding='0' cellspacing='0'></table>");
					$("#sbs_FieldTable_"+o.fin).append("<tr class='sbs_FieldLabel' id='sbs_FieldLabel_"+o.fin+"'><td class='ms-formlabel'> </td></tr>");
				$("#sbs_FieldTable_"+o.fin).append("<tr class='sbs_FieldLabel' id='sbs_FieldLabel_"+o.fin+"'></tr>");
			fObj[o.fin] = $("#sbs_Field_"+o.fin)[0];
		if(_spPageContextInfo.webUIVersion === 15){
			}, "sp.js");
			var dlg = SP.UI.ModalDialog.get_childDialog();
			if(dlg != null) {				
				if(!dlg.$S_0 && dlg.get_$Z_0()){
					var xPos, yPos, win = SP.UI.Dialog.get_$1(), xScroll = SP.UI.Dialog.$24(win), yScroll = SP.UI.Dialog.$26(win);
					xPos = ((SP.UI.Dialog.$1d(win) - dlg.$2_0.offsetWidth) / 2) + xScroll; 
					if (xPos < xScroll + 10) {
						xPos = xScroll + 10;
					yPos = ((SP.UI.Dialog.$1c(win) - dlg.$2_0.offsetHeight) / 2) + yScroll;
					if (yPos < yScroll + 10) {
						yPos = yScroll + 10;
					dlg.$T_0 = xPos;
					dlg.$U_0 = yPos;
					dlg.$m_0(dlg.$T_0, dlg.$U_0);
					dlg.$ = Math.max(dlg.$6_0.offsetWidth - 64, 0) + 'px';

var fields = init_fields_v2();
	index: Use the same index for all fields in the same row.
	fin: FieldInternalName of the field.
	labelHidden: Hide form label.
	padHiddenLabel: If labelHidden = true, set this to true to fill the empty space left from the hidden formlabel.

var arr = [

// For SP 2010

Please let me know whether it is functioning as expected.


Dynamic Forms for SharePoint: Now with side-by-side

Change log
May 06. 2013
I have released v2.95 – you find it here
April 28. 2013
Bugfixes in v2.94:

  • Fixed a bug regarding comparing date and time columns where the trigger column is empty.

April 14. 2013
Bugfixes in v2.93:

  • Fixed bug in validating required rich text field when using non English letters.
  • Fixed bug where fields appearing in the “orphan fields tab” when using Side by Side.
  • Prevented the ID column from appearing in the “orphan fields tab”.
  • Fixed bug where people pickers lost their value in EditForm in Chrome (and possibly other non-IE browsers).

There are changes in both “DynamicFormsForSharePoint_v2.js” and “default.css” – ensure you update both.

March 29. 2013
Bugfixes in v2.91:

  • Fixed bug in side-by-side functionality regarding the “fields” not getting the correct fieldtype and fielddispname attributes.
  • Fixed bug where the field label was repeated multiple times when combining side-by-side with readonly, and then switching tab.

I have released version 2.90 of Dynamic Forms for SharePoint with these changes:

  • Added content type choice as possible trigger field.
  • Added side-by-sice capabilities.
  • Fixed a bug where the link to add tabs were missing for the first setup.
  • Changed the function that dynamically resizes the dialog. This new function is created by Sing Chan, and can be found here
  • Added a fix for some occurrences where the variable L_Menu_LCID was missing in a SP2013 setup.
  • Fixed a bug in SP.UI.RTE.js that occurs when hiding rich text columns in SP2010. The workaround is provided by John Chapman.

Refer these articles for background information and setup instructions:
Dynamic Forms for SharePoint: Production
Dynamic Forms for SharePoint – Now with Tabs
Dynamic Forms for SharePoint: Now with support for SharePoint 2013

How to use the Content type as trigger

In NewForm and DispForm the content type is not visible other than in the URL. You must use the trigger “URL Query string parameter”, and “This value” like this:


Please note that the default content type id not always shows up in the URL. If you click the “New Item” in the ribbon (in SP2010), it is included, but if you click the “Add new item” below the list view, it is not. You should therefore add rules for the “not default content type”.

How to find the ContentTypeId
Go to list settings, click the content type you want the id from, and then look at the URL. You will find it like this:


In EditForm, you can select the content type select ine the trigger fields and address it by its display name.

Details on the side-by-side functionality

I have added an option to place fields side-by-side in the tabs like this:

The configuration is setup like this:

The yellow input fields is used to specify a common index number for the fields that are to be presented side-by-side. The fields will be lined up with the topmost field in the selection.

The checkbox is used to hide the form label for the fields like this:

Please consider the side-by-side functionality BETA, and report any bugs back to me by adding a comment below.


SPJS Charts for SharePoint: Export to Excel and SP2013 support

A few months ago I received this email from Aymeric:

Hi Alexander,

I’ve created a JS API to use with Sharepoint. You may want to have a look at it:
I think this library could be useful for some other people. It’s on GitHub so feel free to share any comments.

Thank you,

It took me “forever” to look at this API, but I finally had a go at it, and decided to use one of the methods: createFile in the SPJS Charts for SharePoint solution to be able to export the chart data to Excel as a CSV file.

New in v3.4 of SPJS Charts for SharePoint

You find the “Enable export to Excel as comma-separated values (CSV)” under the “Advanced options” section in the SPJS Charts for SharePoint GUI. When you enable this feature (done individually for each chart), you can hover over the chart to show a label in the bottom right corner of the chart. Hit this to create the file. When the file is successfully created, you are prompted to open it directly.

To achieve this I included the file “sharepointplus-3.0.3.js” in the CEWP code, and I created a function that exports the chart data as comma-separated values, which I then “inject” in a dedicated document library using Aymerics API method “createFile”. This document library is automatically created the first time you save a chart with the “Export feature” enabled.

You do NOT have to load the “sharepointplus-3.0.3.js” file if you do not intend to use the export to CSV feature. If you try to enable it, and “sharepointplus-3.0.3.js” is not loaded, you will get instruction on how to get hold of the file.

The exported files

The files are named from the path to the page where the chart is located, the chart id and the user ID of the user exporting the chart. This means that the library “SPJS_ExcelExports” will not get filled up as the file is overwritten for each time the user exports the same chart. If you want to keep the file, save it in another location, or at least save it with another name to prevent it from being overwritten.

Example of the CEWP code with “sharepointplus-3.0.3.js” loaded:

<style type="text/css">
	border:1px silver solid;

<!-- The chart container is set up with an overlay to let the user know the chart is rendering -->
<div id="MyChart1">
	<div class='chartLoadingOverlay'>Loading chart please be patient...</div>

<script type="text/javascript">
		Address all containers
// All charts must be represented by a container with a unique id. 
// This container  must be present in the page
var arrOfChartContainers = ["MyChart1"];
var loadRC = false;
// Set this to true to allow for the use of variables in the "Filter setup textarea"
var allowEval = false;
// Set this to true to delay the loading of the chart.
var loadManually = true;
// You can override chart options set in the GUI
var chartOptionOverride = {"TheChartID":{"title":"This is the chart title!"}};
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="/test/English/Charts/Javascript/SPJS_ChartsForSharePoint_v3.4.js"></script>
<!-- Used to enable export of chart data as CSV -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="/test/English/Charts/Javascript/sharepointplus-3.0.3.js"></script>
<!-- Used to enable export of chart data as CSV -->
<script type="text/javascript">
// This function will load the charts
function manualLoad(){
	loadManually = false;

// Delay the call to the function by 10ms to give the overlay time to render 
SharePoint 2013

In v3.4 I have made a “quick pass” trough the code to fix some compatibility issues for SharePoint 2013.

Because this solution is funded with an occasional beer donation, I cannot fully test it as if it was a commercial product. Therefore I must rely on you guys to find the rest of the bugs. Post them here, and I’ll fix them as soon as I can manage.


Dynamic Forms for SharePoint: Now with support for SharePoint 2013

Change log

May 06. 2013
I have released v2.95 – you find it here

March 19. 2013
v2.81 fixes a bug occurring when you set a boolean column as required.

March 01. 2013
I have released v2.8 with some new features, and a few bugfixes.
New features:

  • Add the ability to insert custom CSS and JavaScript (in the Misc tab)
  • Added “URL Query string parameter” as trigger for a rule.

Bug fixes:

  • Validating an empty lookup column with the text (none) failed. This has been fixed by checking the val() property which will be 0.
  • “showFieldDescriptionWhenReadonly” had a bug preventing it from functioning.
  • If you selected the same field twice in a tab, it misbehaved. I now strip away any duplicates by removing the last occurrence.

Refer these articles for background information and setup instructions:
Dynamic Forms for SharePoint: Production
Dynamic Forms for SharePoint – Now with Tabs

The Dynamic Forms for SharePoint solution now supports SharePoint 2013. Please note that I have just started looking at SharePoint 2013, and have tested the solution in a “Microsoft Office 365 Developer Preview” only.

There might be issues with a “non office 365” install, but you will have to tell me about it in the comments section below.

The code is shared between SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013.

Changes from v2.65

  • Fixed bug where the tab setup link is missing in initial setup.
  • Added “show field description when readonly” switch under “Misc” section.
  • Added support for SP 2013.
  • Small change to the file default.css to remove form background color in SP 2013 (goes better with the SP 2013 look).
  • Added error handling when using invalid characters in the custom css setup in the heading configuration and including.
  • Added support for rules comparing date columns against other date columns in the form, or validation of empty / not empty date columns.

The setup for SP 2013 is similar to that for SP 2010. Please note that you need to update spjs-utility.js to use Dynamic Forms for SharePoint v2.7 – not only for SP 2013: get spjs-utility.js here.

See change log where you download spjs-utility.js. For setup instruction, see the first article linked in the top of this article.

Please post any findings below this article.

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