I'm using SP2010 Foundation. Corporate governance forbids customization beyond stylesheets controlling fonts/colors/etc. No access to Visual Studio or SP Designer, so I'm looking for some out-of-the-box thinking to help me achieve my intended results with OOTB SharePoint. That's the world in which I'm working.

We have a catalog of job aids as List Items. The items are composed of a Title, a text field for the Job Aid Content and a dropdown box choice for a Category. Now, we're looking at adding a second column for a Subcategory. Legacy items will be easy to change in datasheet view, but I'm trying to modify the manner in which new items are entered. As a new job aid is created, I would like the Subcategory to be based on the entered Category. For instance, if the main category is Billing/Payment, my subcategories are limited only to Payments, Account and Refunds. I don't want to see Payment Arrangements which is a subcategory of Collections.

I can envision a series of separate lists, BillingSubCats, CollectionsSubcats etc., each list containing the relevant SubCategories for a specific Category. But how would I forceBillingSubCatsto populate the dialog drop down when Category has been selected as Billing?

Perhaps I could do a single Subcategory list and some sort of validation check BASED on the Category column.

Before I proceed, I'd like to know if my requirements are even possible without some sort of scripting or SPD work. If so, what's the best way to proceed on this?

  • It is called Cascaded Drop downs, FYI Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 15:33
  • @ArsalanAdamKhatri - Thanks! just updated my title.
    – dwwilson66
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 16:16

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FYI - It is called Cascaded Drop downs

I seriously doubt it will be possible with OOTB SharePoint, with out injecting any JavaScript/JQuery or Development... Since it is SharePoint Foundation 2010, you even won't have InfoPath based forms as they are in SharePoint Standard/Enterprise!

However, if you change your mind or policy for doing some JavaScript/JQuery:
SPServices is one that can help, and here is Cascaded Drop Down section

You should wait for other people to answer this question, this is completely based on my personal experience... Maybe I missed something!

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