I have a custom list with a column that has a look-up field. I want to populate dynamically some values from another list to a column of the current list on the basis of what is chosen in the look-up field.

For example if i choose "F.Sc Pre Eng. Part 01" in Program Name the related courses should be displayed dynamically in Course column. Student List Example

Note: Currenltly i'm using Set field action in my workflow. But it set value after the list item is created and i want run time dynamic values in Course column.

SPD 2013 workflow


  • Why don't you just select Courses as an additional column in the lookup for Program Name? – Per Jakobsen May 12 '18 at 14:30
  • You can't use workflow to solve this problem as it always triggers after the record is saved. It will have to be JavaScript on a SharePoint page I think. – unibod50 May 12 '18 at 18:21
  • @PerJakobsen because the values that i want to save in course column are already look-up from another list – Mobeen Sarwar May 13 '18 at 16:57
  • @unibod50 infopath has a way to do this but i'm looking for a method in SPD. – Mobeen Sarwar May 13 '18 at 16:59

From your description, since the workflow action cannot dynamically populate the field based on the selection of look up field, I recommend you using code with SPServices in the Newform.aspx and Editform.aspx page in SharePoint Designer. Edit the form page in advanced mode and add the script below: In my test,

Current List: list5, Columns: Project Name, Course.

Information list: list4, Columns:ProjectName, course.

Please change the relevant column name and list name for your list.

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.2.1.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery.SPServices/2014.02/jquery.SPServices-2014.02.min.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function() {
var ID;
$('select[title="Project Name"]').change(function(){
ID =  $('select[title="Project Name"] option:selected').val();
    operation: "GetListItems",
    async: false,
    listName: "list4",
    CAMLViewFields: "<ViewFields><FieldRef Name='course' /></ViewFields>",
    CAMLQuery:  "<Query><Where><Eq><FieldRef Name='ID'/><Value Type='Counter'>" + ID + "</Value></Eq></Where></Query>",
    completefunc: function (xData, Status) {
      $(xData.responseXML).SPFilterNode("z:row").each(function() {
        var course = $(this).attr("ows_course");


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