I need to get the text from a multi-line field in display mode on a custom form. SharePoint decides to wrap the text in an extra div which is not on the .aspx page which is causing the problem as I can not give it an ID.

The html is rendered as this:

< td class="ms-formbody" id="allowances" valign="top" width="400px"><div dir="">THIS TEXT HERE< /div >< /td>

When I use .innerHTML it comes with the < div> tag. InnerText returns nothing.

What is the best way to return only THIS TEXT HERE?

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You can use queryselector to reach the text inside the div:

var textValue = document.querySelector("#allowances div").innerText;
  • Worked perfectly. Only thing is that I needed to change it to innerHTML.
    – Roland
    Jan 11, 2016 at 2:42
  • 2
    Complex Selectors are resource heavy so this is faster: var textValue = document.getElementById("allowances").firstChild.innerHTML; Jan 11, 2016 at 10:53

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