Im struggling with a problem in SharePoint 2013.

I have one list with procedure codes, which includes the “procedure code” plus some other fields In another table, i have volume data related to procedure code. If i in addition to the “procedure code” column in the procedure code list ad a “look-up” field, i can join the data from the two tables in an elegant way. The disadvantage is that the “look-up” field manually have to have the procedure code added there to show the corresponding data.

Is it possible / complicated to make this automatic?

  • You mean when a new item is created, it should pick the lookup field automatically? so the lookup list only have 1 item or am I missing something? – Arsalan Adam Khatri Apr 8 '14 at 15:32
  • the thing is that i have so many things to add, and it would take me so much time if i had to do that. And save so much time if it was possible. I have two lists, one with the lookup field that take a value from the other list. But can i do this automatic? – user24975 Apr 9 '14 at 6:59
  • you might need to write script, either powershell or using client object model.. It isn't possible Out of the box.. One way is Import Spreadsheet as a List.. But that will not place values in two lists and use as lookup.. – Arsalan Adam Khatri Apr 9 '14 at 7:08
  • okej. So you´re that the only way is to write a script with powershell or using client object model? It doesnt have some settings inside SharePoint or it just with script? – user24975 Apr 9 '14 at 7:16
  • AFAIK, no there isn't any setting.. but wait for other experts to look at the question and maybe they can suggest something.. – Arsalan Adam Khatri Apr 9 '14 at 7:20

You may be looking for something like:

// Re-bind the lookup column if necessary
                SPFieldLookup lookUp = (SPFieldLookup)taskList.Fields.GetField("RI Item");
                // if the lookup column is looking for a list that no longer exists
                if (!lookUp.LookupList.Equals(riList.ID))
                    // Re-bind it by updating the schema xml of the column
                    XmlDocument xml = new XmlDocument();
                    XmlAttribute attr = xml.CreateAttribute("List");
                    attr.Value = riList.ID.ToString("B");

                    lookUp.SchemaXml = xml.InnerXml;

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  • Please mark as answer if it worked for you. Thanks! – Amadeo Gallardo Apr 11 '14 at 13:03

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