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I have an InfoPath form with a drop-down list that needs to be populated with a field from an external SharePoint list. However the field is a Look-up Field and when I get it to populate the drop-down all I get are the ID numbers of the item that it is referencing.

How can I get it to grab the text or display name of that field?

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Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to do just that.

Let me know if you have any questions or need help.

Get InfoPath to display lookup column value, not ID

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If you are referring to a lookup field (association) on an External Content Type (ECT) then the method I use is...

  1. Right Click on the field and go to External Item picker properties
  2. Select the 'General' tab
  3. In the 'Display Field Name:' field put the name of the target column from the database (in my case sql).

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