Set SharePoint Person or Group Field (People Picker) Default Value to Current User

Requirement: In a request tracking system, wanted to auto-populate people picker value from currently logged-in User. 

Solution:  How to set the People Picker field value to the current user? Let’s use jQuery and SPServices to fetch the logged-in user name and fill the SharePoint list form’s people picker field value.

In short, Call SPServices function: SPGetCurrentUser() to retrieve the get the current user. Populate the people picker In SharePoint List Form using jQuery! Place this script in a text file, upload to any SharePoint library, Edit the NewForm.aspx page by appending ?toolpaneview=2 to the URL, Add a CEWP and locate the script in Content editor web part’s property.

<!-- jQuery Reference. You can refer it from Layouts Folder/Doc Library too, after uploading the script. -->
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.10.1.min.js"></script>

<!-- Download SPServices from: http://sympmarc.github.io/SPServices/ Or use this CDN  -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery.SPServices/0.7.1a/jquery.SPServices-0.7.1a.min.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
 $(document).ready(function() {
     //Get the current user
     var user= $().SPServices.SPGetCurrentUser();

      //Set all sharepoint 2010 people picker default to current user
      $("div[title='People Picker']").text(user);
  });
</script>

When we have multiple people picker fields in the SharePoint form, we got to find the one needs to be set.

<!-- jQuery Reference. You can refer it from Layouts Folder/Doc Library too, after uploading the script. -->
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.10.1.min.js"></script>

<!-- Download SPServices from: http://sympmarc.github.io/SPServices/  -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://sharepoint.crescent.com/helpdesk/support/jquery.SPServices-2013.01.min.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
 $(document).ready(function() {

  //Get the current user name 
  var user= $().SPServices.SPGetCurrentUser();

   //Find the Specific People picker field "Requester" and set its value 
   $().SPServices.SPFindPeoplePicker({
   peoplePickerDisplayName: "Requester",
   valueToSet: user,
   checkNames: true
  });

  }); 

</script>

Result in action:

Set SharePoint People Picker Default Value to Current User

set sharepoint people picker default value current user

Salaudeen Rajack

Information Technology Professional with Two decades of SharePoint Experience.

3 thoughts on “Set SharePoint Person or Group Field (People Picker) Default Value to Current User

  • February 16, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    How to do the same in sharepoint 2013 people picker?
    thanks in advance

    Reply
  • February 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    An idea for SPS 2013 ?

    Reply
  • November 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Its really g8 article…
    helps a lot…

    Reply

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