I created a new list on my site for collecting issues/incidents. I customized columns and I included two that are relevant for developer, but not for testers:

  • Status - used to change from pending/active/resolved/closed/deferred
  • Developer comment - used for developers when setting a particular incident to closed or deferred

When users try to add a new issue a form is presented to them (basically I'm presenting the form in a modal window). but Status and Developer comment fields are also displayed.

Is it possible that I hide these two fields in the new item form?

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Yes, and you can do this in C# code or in CAML:

<Field Type="URL" 
ShowInEditForm ="FALSE" 
ShowInNewForm ="FALSE" 
ShowInDisplayForm ="TRUE" 
ShowInViewForms ="TRUE" 
ShowInFileDlg ="FALSE" 

You can also set the field to be hidden with the "Hidden" attribute, but if you want to change this through code later (to unhide the field) you'll need to set "CanToggleHidden='TRUE'" too. See this for more details.

To set these values in C#:

SPField f = ...
f.ShowInNewForm = false;

Just choose the appropriate property.


There is a tool called SharePoint Manager 2010. There is also a version for SharePoint 2007. With this tool you can alter all kind of properties of SharePoint.

Take a look at it it is very usefull.



I have recently built a tool that will allow you to configure the ShowInNewForm property using the standard administration screens.


  1. Install the solution
  2. Navigate to the list
  3. Set the NewForm field to be No
  4. Save

Or you can do it with powershell quickly

$list = (Get-SPWeb "http://yoursite").Lists |? {$_.Title -eq "yourlist"}
$field = $list.Fields["yourfield"]
$field.ShowInNewForm = $false

The best solution for that comes from Laura Rogers --> Displaying SharePoint Fields by Permission Level

Here is the abbreviated version:

You can show/hide fields in a SharePoint Form by setting the conditional formattings with SharePoint Designer. Just open the webform (e.g. NewForm.aspx) and switch to advanced mode. Then choose the field you want to hide for specific user group and create a new condition criteria... click advanced and paste "ddwrt:IfHasRights(16)" (without quotes) in the field "Edit the XPath Expression".

This is it. Now only users with approval rights can see that field.


If you provisioned this list in code, each of the fields has a "ShowInNewForm" and ShowInEditForm proprties which can be set to "false" to hide from these forms.

I think these properties can only be set in code, so if you havn't created the lists from code, you'll need some code to do set these properties.

If you're using SharePoint Server 2010 you can hide the fields using InfoPath.

Otherwise, you may try to edit the new/edit forms using SharePoint Designer

  • 1.) Not created in code 2.) editing the form in Designer doesn't allow editing the web part that actually displays the form. Editing is only possible for other parts. Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 13:49
  • View Rob's answer for doing it with SPDesigner.
    – James Love
    Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 14:18

You can do this with SharePoint Designer. You need to create a new site page, then use the insert new or edit form buttons at the top to insert a Data View Web Part. Using this method you'll see a button on the ribbon that allows you to add/remove particular columns on the form.

A second approach is to use the default forms but use jQuery to hide the fields. The names are system generated so it will take a little digging.

  • 1
    If you want to use JavaScript to hide the fields, I would suggest taking a look at my library SPUtility.js: sputility.codeplex.com. I think it may work in SharePoint 2010 or at least give you an idea.
    – Kit Menke
    Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 14:22
  • Kit-Your project looks great. That's a nice idea, and timely. Is the code based on the field labels? I'll be keeping an eye on it!
    – Rob Wilson
    Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 14:44
  • Thanks Rob. :) The code is based on the field labels and then creates little JavaScript "classes" based on the field type.
    – Kit Menke
    Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 16:50

Yes.Go to the list settings then you can enable the manage content types ON then select the Item content type then select the corresponding columns and make as Hide from the options.

  • Hi @Robert Koritnik - this should be your answer because it works out of the box and requires no coding.
    – Taterhead
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 8:15

I have used a tool called MOSS Show/Hide Fields (http://spiralout.codeplex.com/releases/view/22305). It runs on the client and lets you hide fields from moss forms (new,edit,display,view). It was built for SharePoint 2007, but I just tried it with SharePoint 2010 and it worked in my simple test.


You can hide hide a field in Sharepoitn Designer by setting the visibility for both 'ms-formlabel' and 'ms-formbody' to 'hidden.

For example:

<td width="190px" valign="top" class="ms-formlabel" style="visibility: hidden">
<td width="400px" valign="top" class="ms-formbody" style="visibility: hidden">

This hides the field and label form the form however, it will nto submit any data to the list for that field.

  • Sorry for the spelling mistakes :P Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 15:46

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