Set a SharePoint people field with jQuery

November 14th, 2011 | Posted by Marijn in code | jquery / javascript

When I talked about how to update fields in SharePoint, I was talking about the easy stuff: input fields and stuff. Now, I wanted to update / set a SharePoint people field on my form.
I did some googling and found a solution by Marc D. Anderson (in my opinion he is THE authority on sharepoint jQuery 😉 ) but I couldn’t get that to work here.

I also found a really easy solution by Dave Cavins who uses the class to define the people picker. Only bad thing with this solution is that it updates all people pickers:

Combined with SPServices it gives the following result to automatically fill in the current user:

<script type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function() {
   $('').text($().SPServices.SPGetCurrentUser({fieldName: "Title",debug: false}));

In the mean time, a far better solution has arisen (like the comment from Marc says) that allows you to address a specific SharePoint people field with the help of the almighty SPServices:


peoplePickerDisplayName: "",
valueToSet: "",
checkNames: true

This code allows you to set a SharePoint people field by pointing to its name, add the value you want it to be and if you want it “checked”.

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