we have a list for travel schedules. We have a dropdown for Monday to Friday then individual mulitselects for each day. i am trying to use the following code to auto populate the selected item for each day.


    var fill= $('#Monday_x0020__x002d__x0020_Frida_1922e8b2-788e-47ee-a1f8-5920062dd680_\\$LookupField option:selected').val();
    var dTitle = $('#Monday_x0020__x002d__x0020_Frida_1922e8b2-788e-47ee-a1f8-5920062dd680_\\$LookupField option:selected').text();
    var dest = ('<option value="'+fill+'" title="'+dTitle+'">'+dTitle+'</option><option></option>');


the code works for populating the "Selected Values" boxes but when I post the form the values do not post. If I use ie dev tools and refresh the dom after auto populating the fields they show up in dev tools but still do not post.

Oddly if I add another selection to a day (as they are multiple select boxes) both values will then be posted.

I put the code into a Context Editor in the default new form. jquery is being loaded I just left out those calls here.

we are on SharePoint 2010

Any Ideas?? Thanks

4 Answers 4


There are hidden fields that hold the actual value of the fields in the list.

In dev tools, $("[id$='MultiLookup']").val() returned the value "2|tTest2|t3|tTest3" for

<option value="2" title="Test2">Test2</option>  
<option value="3" title="Test3">Test3</option>

Reference: http://weblogs.asp.net/bsimser/defaulting-values-in-a-multi-lookup-form-in-sharepoint

  • That was it. I just added values to that hidden field and it worked. The selected values from the auto fill now save to the list.
    – KurtH
    Jun 11, 2015 at 12:34

I think you're missing a $:

var dest = $('<option value="'+fill+'" title="'+dTitle+'">'+dTitle+'</option><option></option>');

Why not clone the selected option and then append to the other selects?

        var selected = $(this).find("option:selected");

  • Same result. The fields are filled in but they don't post through.
    – KurtH
    Jun 10, 2015 at 19:32
  • When you say "posted" you mean not saved to the list, right? Anyway we could get a few screenshots to help us visual people? Jun 10, 2015 at 20:26

You need to add the selected attribute to the option element:

var dest = ('<option selected value="'+fill+'" title="'+dTitle+'">'+dTitle+'</option><option></option>');
  • Should have mentioned I already tried that both selected and selected="selected". Neither worked.
    – KurtH
    Jun 10, 2015 at 19:38

A lot of people are saying the fields are set but they don't post when saved. That's because you need to set the related hidden field. I posted a solution here:

set multiselect lookup column using jquery

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