Using Sharepoint Designer 2010 and no access to Foundation, VB, or installation of third-party software, is it possible to do the following:

  1. I have a People or Group column called Student Name. It allows the users to search our AD database and captures the name.
  2. I would like a second column next to it, called Student Email, that auto fills the email associated with the person in Student Name.

Unfortunately, I don't have access to making customized code, but might be able to inject Javascript with a little help.

Is there any way to do this dynamically?

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You can leverage SPServices http://spservices.codeplex.com/. Download the js library file and upload it into a SharePoint library (ex Site Assets)

Then edit the page in question, add a content editor webpart and link the JS files.

Now handle the onchange event of the text box where the search is happening, then use SPServices http://spservices.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=GetUserProfileByName method to get additional information of the selected user.

And populate the email of the selected user.

  • Does this work for normal lists? I'm just looking to edit a list, not a separate page. Jan 12, 2015 at 15:26
  • Yes you can edit the list (new/edit form) page and add a script editor webpart. You can use browser developer tools to find out the html tag id's for hooking up the events. Jan 12, 2015 at 15:28
  • Thank you. Could you explain the Javascript in your answer a bit more? I'm still a beginner at Javascript unfortunately. Jan 12, 2015 at 15:35
  • Ok. The SharePoint page you are talking about is rendered as HTML objects. The people control is a text box where users can type. So using JavaScript add a keydown event handler and capture the data. In the same handler using the value in the textbox, invoke a SPServices call to getuserprofilebyname. This will return you the details of the selected user in XML format. You can use that to find the Email and populate another element (ex a textbox) Jan 12, 2015 at 15:38
  • Thank you for that explanation. I may be grabbing the wrong code but I don't believe this is working. Do you mind looking over my code? Jan 12, 2015 at 16:53

Using the SPJS Utility and SPJS Autocomplete libraries, I was able to implement this dynamically with the following code:

//intialize fields
fields = init_fields_v2();

//Autocomplete email column from name column
"helpText":"Enter name or email address...",
  • Nice to hear you completed the task! Cheers!!! Jan 14, 2015 at 14:59
  • Thank you! My knowledge of Javascript is limited so I appreciate all your help. Jan 14, 2015 at 15:13

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