I have a SharePoint 2013 Custom list. I want to do custom validation WITHOUT making the SharePoint list columns required.

Simply put, when a user selects a certain option from a dropdown, the next few fields need to become required.

I am trying to disable the SAVE button IF [choice] column = [specific value] AND [column 1] = blank AND [column 2] = blank AND [column 3] = blank AND [column 4] = blank

Any ideas?? Here is the code I am fooling around with:

//Disable Save Button based on Blanks
$("select[title='Website']").change(function() {
    if ($("select[title='Website']").val() == "")) {
        $("input[value$='Save']").attr('disabled', true);
    } else {
        $("input[value$='Save']").attr('disabled', false);      

1 Answer 1


Rather than enabling/disabling the Save button, what I would do is add a click handler to the Save button, and when the user clicks Save, check for your conditions (value of drop-down, then the subsequent fields if necessary). If the conditions aren't met, display an error message and prevent the Save click from continuing to do the post-back.

This is just off the top of my head, not tested, so you might have to play around with it to get it working exactly right, but something like:

    var validForm = true;

    if($('select[title="Website"]').val() === "Specific Value") {
        var firstVal = $('input[title="Column1"]').val();
        var secondVal = $('input[title="Column2"]').val();
        var thirdVal = $('input[title="Column3"]').val();
        if (!(firstVal && secondVal && thirdVal)){
            validForm = false;

    if (!validForm){
        alert('You must provide values for Column 1 2 and 3');
        return false;
    } else {
        return true;
  • +1, or use PreSaveAction instead of binding to the button. Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 17:32
  • hi Dylan - thanks for the reply. Playing around with your idea and it looks like it works.
    – Jake M.
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 18:16
  • However - the 1 thing is: even after it shoots off the Alert that they did not complete the necessary fields....The sharepoint save action still goes through and the form submits. Any way to prevent this?
    – Jake M.
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 18:17
  • I would google for "PreSaveAction" as @EricAlexander suggested, and see if you can figure out how to get that working. That will most likely work since PreSaveAction is a tool SharePoint provides for doing exactly what you want to do. Here's something I found quickly - using PreSaveAction. Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 18:21

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