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I have 2 SharePoint lists, a List A and a List B. If someone Adds a new item, on List A, I would like certain columns to be able to populate in List B.

For instance, List A has a question that is similar to a column in List B. How can I have it so that List B (when I click add a new item) pulls info from a specific "item" from list A.

I do not have SPD but is it possible to use lookup or a workflow? How could I do this?

  • Would you mind providing a few more details with an actual example. I am not sure if you want to update existing items in List B when you add a new item to List A, or if you want to display items from List A in a drop-down field when you create a new item in List B? – Mihail-Florin Popa Jun 20 '16 at 14:07
  • Sorry if I was unclear, I'm fairly new to SharePoint. I first add a new item in Custom List A which has similar columns in List B. After I finish answering the columns in List A, I then go to Custom List B to fill out that form as well. Can I have it so info from a completed item in List A appear in List B. – Newbie123 Jun 20 '16 at 14:13
  • It sounds to me like you want to move items from List A to List B once all columns have been filled in / answered in List A. Am I correct? – Mihail-Florin Popa Jun 20 '16 at 14:24
  • Yes, that is correct. – Newbie123 Jun 20 '16 at 14:27
  • You can use a workflow on List A with the Create Item action where you can specify List B and the fields you want to set in List B from List A. The workflow can be started manually once all columns are filled in. Or you can have the workflow start automatically when a new item is created/updated in List A, but you need to make sure you tell the workflow to pause until a certain criteria is met (for example, pause until a specific column has been filled in). – Mihail-Florin Popa Jun 20 '16 at 15:21
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An alternate solution is to make use of Event Receivers. Apply a event receiver on the list you want to monitor and write the code to shift/ fill data into the destination list.

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