I have "Person or Group" column in a custom list of a sharepoint online site. The users get pulled up fine when adding or editing the list item. In the SP 2013 workflow designer I am not able to get the email address out of this column. The only thing I get in return is blank in the Title column. What should I do to get the email address from a Person-Group column?

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My final objective is to build a comma delimited string of unduplicated email addresses which can be sent email at the end of the workflow.


  • Hi. Do you see the email address in the configuration of the user, via UI? Apr 18, 2016 at 17:42
  • The auto-complete allows me to select the staff name when I partially type in their name. When I hover mouse over their name in the selection list I do see their email address also.
    – Aamir
    Apr 18, 2016 at 17:48
  • Whatsup with the images. I do not see the screenshot I uploaded to the original post. Is it just me not being able to see it?
    – Aamir
    Apr 18, 2016 at 17:52
  • I can see it... Apr 18, 2016 at 17:53
  • If you go a user's profile (in the browser, not in Designer), does their email address show up?
    – Erin L
    Apr 18, 2016 at 18:30

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Being a newbie, I didn't know that I can get the email addresses directly through the REST call. What I was getting was the StaffId from the plain REST call I was making. I read up on some of the parameters like $expand and $select that could allow me to get to the person-group column details like email address, department, etc. This solved my issue.

Thanks for all the feedback!

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