Converting the Complex DropDown to a Simple DropDown using SPServices

By Sagar P Jan 07, 2014
Converting the complex DropDown to a simple DropDown using SPServices.


The SPComplexToSimpleDropdown function lets you convert a "complex" dropdown rendered by SharePoint in a form to a "simple" dropdown. It can work in conjunction with SPCascadeDropdowns; call SPComplexToSimpleDropdown. SharePoint Lookup Column renders DropDowns differently in Internet Explorer depending on whether they have fewer than 20 options or 20+ options.

First it appears like below:

To convert to simple DropDown we have to write the jQuery code in the page.
Rather than opening the EditForm in a popup, open the form in a page (To open the item in a different page copy the item url and then paste it in a new browser), then edit the page and add a content editor web part.
In the content editor web part put the below code.

<script language="javascript" src="/_layouts/Server/NewScript/jquery.min.js"type="text/javascript"></script>
script language="javascript" src="/_layouts/Server/NewScript/jquery.SPServices-0.7.1a.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function () {
     columnName: "City"

Then save the page and then the complex DropDown will appear like below:



In this Article We achieve if the parent list has more than 20 entries. SharePoint 2010 changes from a DropDown to an ajaxy-style 'type ahead'-field.Using SPServices SPComplexToSimpleDropdown We convert into simple DropDown.
Sagar P
Sagar P

I am  Developer working on Microsoft Technologies for the past 5+ years. I am very much passionate about programming and my core skills are SharePoint, ASP.NET & C#,Jquery,Javascript,REST. I am running this bl... Read more


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