I'm importing an excel list with many columns, but one of the columns is unable to be used in a lookup table. The column contains the multiple owners for the main object and sharepoint can't read it for some reason. Every other column can be used for a lookup but this one. I want to use this column to show who owns the object being reference in a documentation list. Sorry if this is phrased incorrectly, let me know what more info you need.

  • You're trying to get the owners using a lookup from another list?
    – Erin L
    Jun 27, 2016 at 15:17
  • The list contains information imported from excel. Each Row has the ID, Name, Owner, etc of the specific item. The owner column isn't working in sharepoint. When I want to create a document in the document library I have a lookup to the list that gets the Name, but I can't get a lookup to work for the owner.
    – tesorrells
    Jun 27, 2016 at 15:22

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This isn't an excel issue. Person or group fields can't be retrieved using a lookup. You can get around this by using code, or by making a string copy of the owner field by running a workflow each time the item is changed, and the string can be retrieved using a lookup.

  • The problem is, that sharepoint isn't recognizing them as people or groups, it's just multiple lines of text
    – tesorrells
    Jun 27, 2016 at 19:02
  • Right, you can't import a person/group field from Excel (sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/41297/…). Easiest way to get the owner would be to create a person/group field, go into datasheet view, and copy the single line of text into Owner. This won't work for users who have never logged into your site collection, but there's a workaround; let me know if you need it.
    – Erin L
    Jun 27, 2016 at 19:13
  • My list has 7442 entries and each one has 1-6 owners. That is going to be very painful.
    – tesorrells
    Jun 27, 2016 at 19:30
  • It's just like copying and pasting an entire column in excel. It should only take a couple minutes. I don't know however, off the top of my head, whether it will work for multiple owners.
    – Erin L
    Jun 27, 2016 at 19:34
  • What is the work around for those who haven't logged into the site? My site pulls user data from our outlook user database, so everyone in the company is there.
    – tesorrells
    Jun 27, 2016 at 19:39

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