InfoPath Forms 2013: Part 1

InfoPath is designed to make it easy to build rich forms-based applications on the Microsoft SharePoint Server platform. Microsoft InfoPath 2013 in conjunction with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and InfoPath Forms Services has many features for developers. InfoPath Forms Services, that is available in SharePoint Server 2013, enables you to deploy an InfoPath form template to a SharePoint Server so that users without the InfoPath rich client can open and fill out InfoPath forms in a Web browser.

New Features

  • SharePoint Sandboxed Solutions
  • Publish Forms with One Click
  • Enhance SharePoint List Forms
  • Host Forms on Portal Pages using the InfoPath Form Web Part
  • Richer Web Forms
  • Standards Compliant Browser Forms

New Controls

The feature gap between client and browser forms has been narrowed, creating a more consistent form-filling experience for all users. Controls and functionality that are now supported in browser forms include the following:

  • Bulleted, numbered, and plain lists
  • Multiple selection list boxes
  • Combo boxes
  • Picture buttons
  • Hyperlink capabilities
  • Choice group and section
  • Date and time controls
  • Person/group pickers
  • Filtering functionality

Write and Edit Code using Visual Studio

The Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications IDE that was integrated with InfoPath 2010 has been removed in InfoPath 2013. To write or edit form code in InfoPath 2013, Visual Studio 2012 is now required with the Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 add-on installed. The programming experience itself has not fundamentally changed, but you can now use the full Visual Studio development experience when writing managed code for your InfoPath forms.

Create a simple InfoPath form

Open the InfoPath Designer


Double-click the SharePointFormLibrary


After that we need to create a group


Enter the name of the group and select the Type as "Group"


Here we are entering some fields in that group


Select the field's data type


We entered four more fields


Drag and drop all the fields to the from tables


Create a repeatable table

Here we are creating "EducationalInfo"as the Repeating Table


Now the form is showing like:


Publishing the InfoPath form to the SharePoint Library


Before publishing the form we need to save that from


After saving, the form publishing wizard will open and here we need to enter the site URL


Here we uncheck the option "Enable this form to be filled out by using a browser" (this part I will explain later in Part 2).


Here we are creating a new library


Enter the name of the new Library


Here we need to select group


Inside the group we need to select the fields


Now it's verifying the form information and then click "Publish"


The from published successfully


Refresh the site and add a new document


Now the InfoPath forms open and we can insert some values


In the repeatable table we have an option for showing in the figure


Click on the "Save" button; its values are directly saved in the SharePoint Library


Refresh the site and its showing the data



In this article we explored how to create simple InfoPath forms and how to publish them into a SharePoint site.