Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SharePoint AutoComplete Lookup Field with JQuery

Created a Custom SharePoint Lookup field that offers new functionalities to default SharePoint lookup field by allowing Auto Complete or Type Ahead search functionality with Contains CAML query.
Below is a few of the features offered by AutoComplete Lookup field over standard SharePoint Lookup field:
  • Auto Complete or Type Ahead lookup search (queries after each typing)
  • OTB SharePoint Lookup Dropdown look and feel for the results 
  • Proper validations
  • Searches the lookup keyword with Contains CAML query
  • Configurable for No.of results to be displayed
  • Configurable for No.of characters to start the auto complete search
  • It cannot be multi-valuated
  • Only one AutoComplete Lookup field is allowed per list
  • The target lookup field is frozen and always the Title field
The project is packaged as a Windows installer using the SharePoint Solution installer; to install, simply run setup.exe. The software is available on CodePlex here.
AutoComplete Lookup - Create Column
AutoComplete Lookup - Configure Column
AutoComplete Lookup - Results Display

Please do let me know if you find any issues or bugs or useful enhancement that could be added.

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