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How to replace the SharePoint date calendar control with more user friendly jQuery calendar control

April 26, 2014 1 comment

When you use the SharePoint date and time type for date of birth field, you will notice that the calendar control is extremely non-user-friendly. You can only navigate month by month as shown below. To resolve the issue, you can customize the list form page using SharePoint designer and replace the OOB calendar control with popular jQuery control. The solution works for both SharePoint 2010,2013 and office365.

Here are the steps for how to achieve this.

1. Open SharePoint designer and create a New List Form called customNew and set as default form for the selected type.

2. Open style library in file explorer and copy jQuery and jQuery UI files into the style library in SharePoint site.

You can download the jQuery and jQuery UI from the web and the content of the contactPersonCustomNewForm.js is as below. I use the dd/mm/yy format as my locale in Regional Settings is English(New Zealand). You need to change this if you live in another country with different date format

$(document).ready(function() {
    	$("img#ctl00_m_g_540b9a50_52dc_4400_a58d_1db99555fddf_ff41_ctl00_ctl00_DateTimeField_DateTimeFieldDateDatePickerImage").parent().hide();
 		$("img#ctl00_m_g_540b9a50_52dc_4400_a58d_1db99555fddf_ff41_ctl00_ctl00_DateTimeField_DateTimeFieldDateDatePickerImage").hide();
	    $("input#ctl00_m_g_540b9a50_52dc_4400_a58d_1db99555fddf_ff41_ctl00_ctl00_DateTimeField_DateTimeFieldDate").datepicker({
		    changeMonth:true,
		    changeYear:true,
		    showOn: "button",
			buttonImage: "/_layouts/images/calendar.gif",
			buttonImageOnly: true,
			defaultDate:"01/01/1970",
			yearRange: "c-20:c+20",
			dateFormat: "dd/mm/yy"
	    });
});

In order to get the image and textbox selector above , you can open IE developer toolbar(click F12) and find the control ID as below:

3. Open SharePoint designer and edit the newly created New List Form customNew.aspx in advance mode. Then copy and paste the following links in the PlaceHolderAdditionalPageHead.

	<SharePoint:CssRegistration name="<%$SPUrl:~SiteCollection/Style Library/themes/ui-lightness/jquery-ui.css%>" runat="server"/>
	<SharePoint:ScriptLink language="javascript" name="~sitecollection/Style Library/jquery-1.10.2.js" Defer="false" runat="server"/>
	<SharePoint:ScriptLink language="javascript" name="~sitecollection/Style Library/jquery-ui-1.10.4.custom.min.js" Defer="false" runat="server"/>
	<SharePoint:ScriptLink language="javascript" name="~sitecollection/Style Library/contactPersonCustomNewForm.js" Defer="false" runat="server"/>

 

4. Now go to the list and click add, you will see the new calendar control as shown below

How to display workflow related tasks in the item display page where the workflow is currently running on in SharePoint2013

May 30, 2013 3 comments

In one of the project, I need to display workflow related tasks in the item display page where the workflow is currently running on. To achieve this, I’d like to add the tasks list view web part and using the connected web part to achieve this.(ID=workflowitemid)

However, to make it work I need to unhide the workflowitemid field in the task list, as it is hidden field and also cantogglehidden field is set to false. I need to use reflection to change the cantogglehidden field to true as it only has getter in the API and then I am able to unhide the field. You can download the script here. However, it is not ideal (make your environment not supported by Microsoft) to display tasks this way.

Another way to display the related task is to use SharePoint designer solution with List view web part and data source. Here are the steps.

1. Create a new list display form as below

2. Edit the custom display form in advanced mode.

3. Find the PlaceHolderMain contentplace hoder and insert the DataView by choosing the associated workflow tasks list as below

4. Go to the List View Tools >> OPTIONS

5. Create a Parameter called workflowitemId Parameter which retrieve the value from the ID querystring as below

6. Create a filter based on UIVersion = workflowitemId as below ,we are going to change the UIVersion to WorkflowItemId property later as WorkflowItemId is a hidden field and cannot be selected from the wizard.

7. Replace UIVersion with WorkflowItemId in the caml for the XsltListViewWebPart.

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8. Go to the new custom display page at http://yourserver/Lists/aa/CustomDisplayPage.aspx?ID=414, you will see the associated tasks are showing in the page.

References:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-designer-help/watch-this-design-a-document-review-workflow-solution-HA010256417.aspx (Video 12 and 13)