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I have a custom SharePoint list with about 20 fields. If possible, I wanted to include a hyperlink on the display, edit, new form so when the user clicks the hyperlink, their login name is displayed in the text area.

So something like this:

<a onclick="__doPostBack('GetCurrent().Name');">Approve</a>
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For 2010:

Add this to the page in a content editor webpart, or add to the page layout

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
function DoAction() {
    var clientContext = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();
    var web = clientContext.get_web();
    var user = web.get_currentUser();
    clientContext.executeQueryAsync(function() {
        var textbox = $jQuery("#ctl00_m_g_46c97b47_3773_4a68_8f4f_17d5faa8a9f2_ctl00_ctl05_ctl00_ctl00_ctl00_ctl04_ctl00_ctl00_UserField_...");
        //do whatever else here
    }, function() {
        alert('request failed ' + args.get_message() + '\n' + args.get_stackTrace());

Then add a custom list action in sharepoint designer 2010, with this as the navigate url:


For 2007:

Try using SPServices

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You could use this javascript trick to get the current user from the Welcome link

function getCurrentUser()
    var tags = document.getElementsByTagName('a');

    for (var i=0; i < tags.length; i++)

    if(tags[i].innerText.substr(0,7) == 'Welcome')


        return tags[i].innerText.substr(8,tags[i].innerText.length);




Be aware that in a multi lingual site the Welcome will be different :) And that also this is just a little dirty hack Hope this helps anyway

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thanks for your input but when i tried to implement this i get the following error: An error occurred during the processing of disform1.aspx. only content controls are allowed directly in a content page that contains content controls. – user2825 Apr 19 '11 at 18:39
are you using sharepoint designer for this? if so here is some example. link. To troubleshoot your error will need to see the code – Renzo Apr 19 '11 at 19:47
i appreciate your help. i need to know where to place your script on the form so it won't throw and error. – user2825 Apr 19 '11 at 20:10
This is a very bad idea since you are tying yourself to various unknows. Is there a welcome link on the page? Is it rendered using just the innertext 'Welcome'. All in all, please never ever do this. – Wouter - SharePoint MVP Apr 20 '11 at 13:59
that is wht I said that this a ltitle dirty hack, I am not saying is best practices! – Renzo Apr 21 '11 at 6:56

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