I have found some posts that have a little information on the topic but nothing that has an answer.

Is there a way to get the OOTB people picker to work on a custom form? The best that I have gotten right now is to render the correct control by replacing:

<SharePoint:FormField runat="server" id="ff3{$Pos}" ControlMode="Edit" /> - (Deleted some out to keep it clean)


<SharePoint:ClientPeoplePicker runat="server" id="ff3{$Pos}" />

Doing this will let me select a user but when I save the form the field is blank. Is there any other way around this to get this control to work?



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Consider the JQuery web services library: http://spservices.codeplex.com/ for custom forms. This thing works on 2007, 2010 and 2013. It requires JQuery UI's CSS files though.

  • I don't believe that will work for my situation, SPServices has SPFindPeoplePicker. I have an existing field that works in my form, I just want it to be like the OOTB people picker on the default forms. I don't want to have to click and check for names and have to open the address book.
    – Jordan
    Feb 4, 2015 at 14:08
  • Okay, but was referring more to autocomplete: sympmarc.com/2011/08/24/…. This worked fine in a OOTB form by inserting the JQuery in the ASPX with a content editor WP.
    – detailCode
    Feb 4, 2015 at 16:24

You don't say what type of custom form (xlst, csr, or something other) you develop and what type of field used. If a field type is user/group then sharepoint should generate default People Picker Control in you custom from by
<SharePoint:FormField runat="server" id="ff3{$Pos}" ControlMode="Edit" />

If you use text field and want use picker then try OOTB JS Client Side People Picker https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/jj713593.aspx. It is situable for all sharepoint forms

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