I'm looking to create a popup dialogue box when a column called 'Status' is set to 'Complete'. I want a popup box to ask "Confirm Complete?" with Yes or Cancel choices. Obviously Yes will update the record with Status Complete (which I have applied a filter already working to show the record in an "Archived" view, and again obviously, Cancel will cancel the changes.

Is this possible?


  • I guess you want to do that in the edit form, am I right? – MdMazzotti Mar 5 '14 at 9:36
  • Yes, that's correct. I've set the list settings so that the edit form doesn't launch in a dialogue. – daryl Mar 5 '14 at 9:55
  • do you find a solution? In my way, it doesn't work in SharePoint 2013. – joern Oct 24 '18 at 5:19

You can hook into the PreSaveAction function and put your verification logic in here.

For example:

function PreSaveAction(){
  if($('select[title="Status"]').val() == "Completed"){
     var isConfirmed = confirm("Do you confirm task completion?");
     if (isConfirmed ) return true; //confirm changes
     $('input[name$="IOGoBack"]').click(); //cancel changes
  return true;

For this you'll need jQuery. And as a side note, the selector based on title attribute can easily break in a multi-language site (because, if you change the display language, the title will change accordingly).

Update: I edited the function so that if the confirmation dialog returns false, the Cancel button click is triggered

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  • Thanks for that, however, is there perhaps something I'm missing, perhaps format-wise, as when I go to Edit HTML source, the above code actually shows as text instead of becoming background code. – daryl Mar 5 '14 at 10:06
  • The best thing would be to edit the page in SPDesigner and put the code inside a <script> tag at the bottom of the page. Or, you can add a CEWP to the page, from the web UI, and link to an existing js file that you'll have created and put inside a doc library of your choice – MdMazzotti Mar 5 '14 at 10:09
  • I'm unable to use SPDesigner, the company does not allow us to use this. I've entered the line [code]<script type="text/javascript">[/code] in and this now sets it as code, however, I'm receiving an error with details... Message: Object expected Line: 696 Char: 3 Code: 0 – daryl Mar 5 '14 at 10:11
  • OK, so the CEWP is your plan B – MdMazzotti Mar 5 '14 at 10:12
  • If you have got SP 2013, you can also use script editor webpart. – Nadeem Yousuf-AIS Mar 5 '14 at 10:21

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