I have a textfield in sharepoint list form and I want to set the value using jquery or javascript below is the tag:

<asp:TextBox runat="server" id="ff47{$Pos}" text="{@Name}" __designer:bind="{ddwrt:DataBind('i',concat('ff47',$Pos),'Text','TextChanged','ID',ddwrt:EscapeDelims(string(@ID)),'@Name')}" />

I am using this to set var ele = $("input[title='Name']").val("Bob"); but it is not setting the value, any suggestions?

  • This guy wants to set or hardcode a value in a formfield in sharepoint. More clear than water. Does anyone have a solution about this? Regards Pete
    – user20979
    Nov 22, 2013 at 19:37
  • Please refer to my answer in Stackoverflow: It worked perfectly: Set value to textbox field Feb 8, 2018 at 14:16

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you might added the extra curly brace to build the MAIN() like the sample below

<script type="text/javascript">
    $(document).ready(function () {

        //program logic


           } // the culprit extra brace



Hope it helps.


You need to Inspect that particular textbox with FireBug or IE Developer tools. If I am right the asp:Textbox is internally converted to an input control which will have a unique attibute. You can use this attribute to pickup the input with JavaScript/jQuery and set the value.

From what I can gather, you are setting the id and the text dynamically by using placeholder variables. I would inspect these two attributes and reference the input field by using one of them.

  • As you could see, his jquery has input in the selector
    – Colin
    Feb 2, 2012 at 23:59
  • True. But the attributes of the input are being generated dynamically and they need to be picked up correctly with jQuery. Feb 3, 2012 at 0:58

Could you post the exact rendered Html? I ask this because usually id and name attribute value contain a crappy generated string. You could try a wildcard in your selector:

var ele = $("input[title='*Name']").val("Bob"); // notice the *

This is an old post, but it is one of the first I found while googling the same problem. If Name is a required field, the proper syntax is:

$("input[value='Name Required Field']").val("Bob");

No, I am not kidding. Thanks again, Microsoft, for making developer's lives a little bit harder.


Try this instead:

  • Hi James,i tried it but it is not working
    – SandeshR
    Feb 2, 2012 at 21:14
  • If Name is a Required Field, you must enter "value='Name Required Field'" instead of just "value='Name'". See my answer.
    – CigarDoug
    Jan 23, 2017 at 17:04

I really wished to understand what has been asked in this question.
Having too long for a comment misunderstandings I hope the question would be reformulated into more comprehensible one...

The markup of an element (or node but not "tag") does not look to me as part of list form (are there forms for a list at all?) but rather of item form.

The jQuery expression:


sets the known value "Bob" to Sharepoint field of node with attribute 'Title="Name"', while the expression:

var ele = $("input[title='Name']").val();

gets that value into variable ele.
One more problem is that cited element doesn't contain any attribute Title?!

So, it is not clear to me what, from where to where the questioner is asking to set or to get? and what?


Try this:
Using Sharepoint Designer 2010: modify form.
Wrap textbox by div with special ID.
Such as ID="myDiv"

This must help you to find needed textbox!

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