How to Set Choice Field Default Value to Blank in SharePoint?

By default, when you create a new choice field, the very first choice you entered is also set as “Default value” in field settings. This results in filling up the default value for the field in the new item creation page (NewForm.aspx). However, there are times you may want to have an empty value choice field (in other words, set the choice field default to blank).

How to set choice field default blank value in SharePoint?

To set the choice field to an empty value, simply clear the default value of the choice field in choice field settings.

sharepoint choice field default blank

This makes the choice field default to blank value! It also allows the blank value in the Choice field.

sharepoint choice field empty value

Set Choice Field to Empty Value using PowerShell:

If you want to make “blank value” as default for a choice column, you can use this PowerShell way too! 

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

$WebURL="https://intranet.crescent.com/"
$ListName ="Projects"
$ChoiceFieldName="Category"

$Field = $List.Fields[$ChoiceFieldName]
$Field.DefaultValue = $Null
$Field.Update()

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

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