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Customize SharePoint Custom Lists Using MS InfoPath 2010

Written By: Hesham Saad -- 9/20/2011 -- join -- contribute -- (1296) comments -- printer friendly version

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Categories: InfoPath, Integration with other products , SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010

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Problem

The default SharePoint 2010 list forms (DispForm , EditForm & NewForm) are quite generic (as they were with previous SharePoint versions).. Wouldn't it be great to be able to customize the look & feel of them?

InfoPath 2010 to the rescue...

Solution

Microsoft InfoPath 2010 makes designing and publishing electronic forms easier than ever. InfoPath enables you to create powerful, interactive forms without writing any code. With a few clicks, an Office user can customize SharePoint list forms, add custom layout elements, and add business rules to validate the data. In addition to working with the forms online while connected to SharePoint Server 2010, you can also take the list and associated forms offline, and then work with the forms in SharePoint Workspace.

InfoPath is based on Extensible Markup Language (XML). When you design a form template, InfoPath creates an .xsn file, which is a cabinet (.cab) file that contains the files necessary for the form to function, such as XML Schema (XSD) and XSL Transformation (XSLT) files. When a user fills out a form in InfoPath, the data in that form is saved or submitted as industry-standard XML. However, you don't have to know anything about XML to design a form template or fill out a form. The point is that XML can make it easier for your organization to repurpose the data that it collects by using forms.

Let's see how to customize a SharePoint custom list using MS InfoPath 2010 designer:

- Assume that we have a SharePoint custom list named "MSSharePointTips IFP" with the following columns "Name , Age , Address & Birth Date":

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- When we click on "Add new item" link we'll see:

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- Click the "Customize Form" button under "List" settings at the ribbon option "List Tools":

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