I have saved InfoPath Form in a Form Library & also saved field values in separate columns, now I have retrieved one record in InfoPath Form 2013. I'm trying to update Status columns value from New to old but unable to update that value.

Instead of updating it adds new record in Form Library.

I have tried to filter the record on button click, but not found any filter on button click.

My InfoPath Form Fields are-

Name :   <People Picker> Control
Status:  <textbox> 
  • Maybe because of your filename? Be sure your filename is not changing for each submit.
    – Yavuz
    Oct 19, 2015 at 11:29

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There are two button in Ribbon of InfoPath Form Saveand Submit.

Submit button will always create a new list item in the document library whereas Save button will update the existing form.

So, for the first time submission you should use Submit button. Later, if any update is required in the existing form, click on Save button instead of Submit otherwise a new list item will be created.

  • i have to use custom button in Infopath form. so how can i use save button in My infopath form Oct 19, 2015 at 11:46
  • I'm having same problem actually. Next thing I would try is Managed Code in InfoPath to save/update the form. Give it a try.
    – soccer7
    Oct 19, 2015 at 11:49

If you are using buttons as Submit and Save, you should modify your Submit Data Connection.

First create a field that will handle the File name of your form. Name this FileName. Create a action rule either on form load or Submit button. Take note that put in the Condition of the rule that if the field is blank then produce a file name value (It can be any format that you want). This condition will eliminate the creation of a new file name value after submission.

Now go to your Submit Data Connection, put in the FileName field under File Name and check the "Allow overwrite if file exists".

Put a rule in Submit and Save button with your Submit Data Connection. The idea is that when creating new form, the FileName is still blank and still not saved. After submission, the FileName will not produce a new one but use the saved value. When Save button is pressed, it will overwrite the existing form

  • i don't want to "Allow overwrite if file exists", i just want to update the particular field in Form Library, because there is workflow for form library Oct 20, 2015 at 4:52
  • Just to clarify, you are updating status field using workflow? Or the workflow is triggered by that field? Regarding my answer, the overwrite will serve as "saving your updates" instead of the submit/save creating a new form. You will overwrite the old form with your new form having the updated value on the particular field
    – Mekalikot
    Oct 20, 2015 at 5:41

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