An event receiver on an InfoPath library works only when updating columns that are not created by propagating values from Infopath(). In code below "change" is a regular lib. column and "ApprovalStatus" is infopath based column. The event receiver is a sandbox solution.

Commented-out code is throwing an error:

//properties.AfterProperties["change"] = "test1";

        if ( properties.AfterProperties["change"].ToString()  == "test1")
            properties.AfterProperties["Status Indicator"] = field_green.Url;

        //else if (properties.BeforeProperties["ApprovalStatus"].ToString() == "Approval Pending")
        //    properties.AfterProperties["Status Indicator"] = field_red.Url;

  • The question is not very clear.Basically after-properties and before-properties doesn't work in all types of event handlers such as synchronous and asynchronous. so revisit their usage and see. Share the error message for additional help.
    – kesava
    May 13, 2015 at 0:10
  • OK. SO to simplify: Can i check the AFTER values of infopath coloumn called ["Status Indicator"] . Values for this coloum in itemAdding are always null.
    – Nemanja
    May 13, 2015 at 19:13
  • //string value = properties.AfterProperties["Status Indicator"].ToString(); --this code works for regular column and not for site column where values are for some reason NULL....
    – Nemanja
    May 13, 2015 at 19:17
  • This can only work in Item-Added event. After properties will return null in item adding event. I really doubt if there is any difference in behaviour w.r.to site columns
    – kesava
    May 13, 2015 at 19:33
  • Ok then. How do you update item in "Updated" event, i keep geting an exeption about using properties. Please insert code.Thanks
    – Nemanja
    May 13, 2015 at 21:28

1 Answer 1


after-properties and before-properties doesn't work in all types of SharePoint event handlers such as synchronous and asynchronous.

After properties should be used only when the event context is Item-updated event.

Below code can help in disabling the subsequent events

 //your update code.. //

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