I have a client who would like a drop down list () in their add new item form to be a ComboBox.. The stupid thing is, it used to be a combo box but now its a drop down box, The difference being you cant write anything in the drop down box (making it search easier)..

I think it may be an Browser issue how it displays but I haven't upgraded my browser and I use IE11..

Is there anything I have done in sharepoint that would have changed the way lookup fields are rendered when adding new items?

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You now have less than 20 items in the lookup list.

This is standard behavior for a lookup column. The moment you have 20 or more selectable items in the lookup list, then the UI changes from a simple dropdown to a type ahead combo box.

  • is this a sharepoint thing or a Internet explorer thing? unfortunately its not right, I have over 300 items in the list
    – Michael
    May 8, 2014 at 1:12
  • I think its somehow related to an error that I have just noticed ( and is new some how) SP.Publishing is undefined
    – Michael
    May 8, 2014 at 1:28

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