I tried to make some fields disabled/readonly in the new/edit form in Sharepoint 2013. I want to use title only. See my code below. Only "textarea" works fine. The others don't work, still editable.

<script src="../jquery/jquery-1.11.3.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    $(document).ready(function() {
        /*'textare...' for multiple line text works */
        $("textarea[Title='Notes']").attr("disabled", true);

        /*The code below don't work, still editable on those fields*/
        $("input[title='Release Info']").attr("disabled",true);
        $("input[title='Release Date']").attr("disabled",true);

3 Answers 3


According to .prop() Vs .attr(),

  • You usually want prop() rather than attr().
  • In the majority of cases, prop() does what attr() used to do. Replacing calls to attr() with prop() in your code will generally work.
  • Properties are generally simpler to deal with than attributes. An attribute value may only be a string whereas a property can be of any type. For example, the checked property is a Boolean, the style property is an object with individual properties for each style, the size property is a number.

And According to Disable/enable an input with jQuery,

For jQuery 1.6+, To change the disabled property you should use the .prop() function.

So, you can try using your code like below:

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.2.1.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    $(document).ready(function() {
        /*'textarea...' for multiple line text works */
        $("textarea[Title^='Notes']").prop("disabled", true);

        $("input[Title^='Release Info']").prop("disabled", true); 
        $("input[Title^='Release Date']").prop("disabled", true); 
        $("select[Title^='Tools']").prop("disabled", true);


I have used Starts With(^=) Selector which makes your element selection successful in some cases where your field is Required as in SharePoint it automatically adds Required Field to the title attribute of your field.

For Example:

If you have a single line of text field with display name Release Info and this field is Required then its title property will be like Release Info Required Field. In such cases $("input[Title='Release Info']") selector fails.

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Reference: Attribute Starts With Selector.

Additional Reference: Difference between disabled and readonly.


The below script works for me:

<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.2.1.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script >
$(document).ready(function() { 
        $("textarea[Title='Notes']").attr("disabled", "disabled");
        $("input[Title='Release Info']").attr("disabled","disabled"); 
        $("input[Title='Release Date']").attr("disabled","disabled"); 
        $("select[Title='Tools']").prop("disabled",true); }

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  • None of these work for disabling Name with Presence fields (or making them read only). Please help me make name with presence field read only.
    – Quasimodo
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 15:08

Try using this:

$("input[Title='Release Info']").props("disabled","disabled");

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