I would like to apply filtering to existing out-of-the-box lookup fields (without InfoPath).

The solution should be limited to GUI only: when Backup/Restoring to a clean farm the filtering would be gone but all the data preserved and usable.


You might want to look at the jQuery library for SharePoint, SPServices. There is one operation, SPFilterDropdown, that allows you to filter a lookup column via CAML. Usage example from the documentation:

  relationshipList: "Countries",
  relationshipListColumn: "Title",
  columnName: "Country",
  CAMLQuery: "<Eq><FieldRef Name='Active' /><Value Type='Boolean'>1</Value></Eq>",
  completefunc: null,
  debug: false

I haven't used this particular operation, but the other aspects of the library are stellar.

  • Seems good. I will get back to this after checking the solution out. – thomius Mar 1 '12 at 13:35
  • Tried and this works with single choice columns (not multicolumns). This is fine and problem solved. – thomius Mar 1 '12 at 15:34
  • Just wrap the call in $(document).ready(function() { $().SPServices... – thomius Mar 1 '12 at 15:37

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