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We use a Sharepoint Group called Supervisors.
Opening the group using SP Designer, I can see it's sorted by last name.

On the AddForm its sorted by first name, though the display is "lastname, firstname".

How can I change this?

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This is a fairly common complaint. Unfortunately, short of building a custom picker (...seems like overkill to address this particular problem), there isn't anything you can do OOB within SharePoint to change this.

I will offer up this as a possible solution. The picker by default is just showing what it's getting from AD's displayname field. That format can be changed (google change format of ad display name)...assuming no one else in your organization/client minds. You could change it to FirstName LastName and while not ideal the sort would at least be logical. Cue the "it would be great if it sorted by last name" quotes from many of your users. :)

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  • I'd be interested in creating a custom picker. I'm in the learning curve for Sharepoint (6 months) so it would add to my bag of tricks. I've got the data in good order by using GetUserCollectionFromGroup from SPServices. Got any good URLs with articles on connecting a new data source to the picker? thx!
    – Rich
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 12:14
  • Here is a pretty good write-up on it: lesworkspace.com/tag/extend-peopleeditor-control. Will certainly get you going in the right direction.
    – Rob D'Oria
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 12:35
  • I do have a C# background but I don't have access to it at the moment. Do you know of any article to do this using SPServices?
    – Rich
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 16:31

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