I am using SharePoint 2019. I want to create a clickable action column like referenced in https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/dev/declarative-customization/column-formatting#create-clickable-actions.

For reference I rebuild the example given by Microsoft. When I insert the JSON formatting the content of my field disappears.

When I remove the @currentField the link works, but without the information of the field of course.


Now I'm wondering why it is not working, even though I rebuild the example given.

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As you are using SharePoint 2019, Excel-style expressions will not work, hence you have to use Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) expressions.

So, use JSON like this:

  "$schema": "https://developer.microsoft.com/json-schemas/sp/column-formatting.schema.json",
  "elmType": "a",
  "txtContent": "@currentField",
  "attributes": {
    "target": "_blank",
    "href": {
      "operator": "+",
      "operands": [

Read more about excel style expressions and Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) expressions at:

  1. Excel-style expressions
  2. Abstract Syntax Tree expressions

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