I've tried and tried other options, and cannot come up with a solution to this one that actually works, so I wanted to put this one out there for help.

As the title describes, I'm trying to disable (not hide, but make READ-ONLY (but visible)) a couple of fields in my SP list Edit form. I need this to be done based on which permissions group the user is in. (i.e. - if they're NOT in the LEADERS group, the fields are READ ONLY. If they ARE in the LEADERS group, the fields are fully editable)

Here's the code I'm pounding over now:

function HideFields() {

//these are the fields in question. Origin is a single text line, Approved is a check box

    fieldsToHide = ["Origin", "Approved"]; 

    var formFieldTitles = $(".ms-formtable td.ms-formlabel h3.ms-standardheader");

    formFieldTitles.each(function () {

        var textToMatch = $(this).text();

        var currentRow = $(this).closest('tr');

        for (var i = 0; i < fieldsToHide.length; i++){
            var field = fieldsToHide[i];

            if (textToMatch.toLowerCase().replace("*", "").trim() === field.toLowerCase().replace("*", "").trim()){


function AddToBodyOnLoad(){



1 Answer 1


Use the following scripts to make fields read-only:

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://ajax.aspnetcdn.com/ajax/jQuery/jquery-1.8.3.min.js"></script> 
<script type="text/javascript">
//Set the Field to Read only and change its background colour
//You can also disable the field using:  
$("input[Title='Approved']").attr("disabled", "disabled");

Use SPWeb.IsCurrentUserMemberOfGroup method to check if the current user is a member of the specified group. And then disable the fields based on the check result.


Check if user is in a specified group

Check if current user is member of a SharePoint group using JQuery

  • I'm still learning how all of this goes together, but your answer not only makes sense, but works! Thanks, Joanna!
    – DanJ
    Feb 9, 2018 at 16:08

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