Hiding Custom SharePoint fields from edit mode, new window or display mode

A quick post:

Lets say that you do not want to allow users to possibility to edit and insert values to a custom field in one of your lists. To do this you can set the values of one of the following properties of a SPField object:

  1. ShowInEditForm
  2. ShowInDisplayForm
  3. ShowInNewForm

You can do this programmatically at any time, below is a link on how to do it:


#Get the web and site column objects
$web = Get-SPWeb http://portal
$column = $web.Fields["Test Column"]

#Set the PushChangesToLists property for the changes to be applied
#to lists where the column has already been added
$column.PushChangesToLists = $true

#Change the ShowInEditForm and other properties and update objects
$column.ShowInEditForm = $false
$column.ShowInNewForm = $false
$column.ShowInDisplayForm = $true
$column.ShowInViewForms = $true


Remember to check that the change is applied to the list field also. If not then do the change directly to the list field.


Or by XML definition:

<Field Type=”Number” ShowInEditForm=”FALSE” ShowInNewForm=”FALSE” DisplayName=”Counter” Required=”FALSE” EnforceUniqueValues=”FALSE” Indexed=”FALSE” Group=”My Group” ID=”{7f111eff-569d-4852 8bf2-ba0fcee6c69a}” SourceID=”{b1498d8e-4ad9-4d0d-8584-53d9a5de8c11}” StaticName=”Counter” Name=”Counter”>

Links to MSDN about the properties:




SharePoint Modified field gone crazy or it just won’t work :)

The problem is very simple in this case. The modified field does not work anymore. When a document or any list item is modified the time stamp does not get updated as it should.

To fix this problem you need to do two things unfortunately.

  1. First you need to update the out of the box Modified field. You can do this by a manually modified URL to the edit page of fields. You have to do this because the field is visible by default. Below is a sample URL:


Pay attention to the bold part of the URL.Just past the bold part after your application domain name and you will be fine. Next all you need is to simply press the “OK” button and be sure to leave everything else unchanged. Especially the update option must be set to yes. What this will do is simply go through every “Modified” field use in your SharePoint application and makes some updates to the field. This will fix the time stamp problem.

2. After you do the seconds step you will run into another problem that an xml attribute from the Modified field schema is missing. This needs to be fixed by a script. Below you will find the code that fixes this error AND also does the update procedure in step 1 described above. So no manual labor here :).

using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Text;

using Microsoft.SharePoint;

using System.Xml;

using System.IO;


namespace ModifiedFieldFix


    public class Program


        static void Main(string[] args)


            StringBuilder output = new StringBuilder();

            TextWriter tw = new StreamWriter(“LOGFILE_” + DateTime.Now.ToFileTime()  + “.txt”);

            if (args != null && args.Length > 0)


                tw.WriteLine(“Given param: ” + args[0]);



                    using (SPSite msite = new SPSite(args[0]))


                        tw.WriteLine(“Site opened”);

                        SPField siteMField = msite.RootWeb.Fields[new Guid(“28cf69c5-fa48-462a-b5cd-27b6f9d2bd5f”)];


                        tw.WriteLine(“Modified field update request performed”);

                        foreach (SPWeb mweb in msite.AllWebs)




                            tw.WriteLine(“WEB UNDER PROCESSING: ” + mweb.Title);

                            tw.WriteLine(“WEB URL: ” + mweb.Url);

                            for (int i = 0; i < mweb.Lists.Count; i++)




                                    SPList mlist = mweb.Lists[i];

                                    SPField mfield = mlist.Fields[new Guid(“28cf69c5-fa48-462a-b5cd-27b6f9d2bd5f”)];


                                    tw.WriteLine(“START OF LIST PROCESSING”);


                                    tw.WriteLine(“List Title: ” + mlist.Title + ” Field Title: ” + mfield.Title + ” FormBaseType ” + mfield.FromBaseType);

                                    tw.WriteLine(“List location:” + mweb.Url + “/” + mlist.RootFolder.Url);


                                    if (mfield.FromBaseType != true)


                                        XmlTextReader xmlReader = new XmlTextReader(new StringReader(mfield.SchemaXml));


                                        XmlDocument xmlDocument = new XmlDocument();


                                        XmlNode xmlNode = xmlDocument.ReadNode(xmlReader);


                                        //xmlNode.Attributes[“Hidden”].Value = “FALSE”;


                                        XmlAttribute fromBaseType = xmlDocument.CreateAttribute(“FromBaseType”);


                                        fromBaseType.Value = “TRUE”;






                                        mfield.SchemaXml = xmlNode.OuterXml;





                                    tw.WriteLine(“END OF LIST PROCESSING”);



                                catch (Exception ex)


                                    tw.WriteLine(“Error in list procesing of the MODIFIED FIELD FIX!!”);






                                    if (mweb != null)










                catch (Exception ex)






                tw.WriteLine(“END OF PROGRAM”);








Resources: SharePoint Development,Programming And PowerShell

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SPListTemplateType Enumeration (Microsoft.SharePoint)

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A Complete Guide to Writing Timer Jobs in SharePoint 2010

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Chaks’ Corner | Using the SharePoint 2010 Modal Dialog


SharePoint Validation Controls « Karine Bosch’s Blog

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C# Remove HTML Tags

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How to enable page trace statistics?

Ten Must-Have .NET Tools Every Developer Should Download Now

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3 Different Ways to Display Progress in an ASP.NET AJAX Application

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How to use Rating in SharePoint 2010?

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How to: Create a Custom List Definition

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Understanding Schema.xml Files

View Element

My time break for SharePoint: Hide List or Document Library With SharePoint Designer 2010 and ECMAScript

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SharePoint Calculated Columns – working days, weekends and holidays. | Pentalogic Technology

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How to: Create a Custom Field Type and Field Control

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Techno Freak: Through javascript sets the default value of a lookup field identified MOSS 2007

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Get or Set value for SharePoint field in NewForm, EditForm and DispForm (Get only in DispForm) « SharePoint JavaScripts

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Field Element (List)

System.What?: Free Last Modified By/Date From SharePoint

Managing Tasks Permissions Programmatically within SharePoint using event reciever or using special permissions property « Nishant Rana’s Weblog

SharePoint list item permissions – Stack Overflow

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How to: Display Custom Fields in a Content By Query Web Part

SharePoint Techie: Created and Modified Field went missing

SharePoint Modified column not updated (Network Steve Forum)

SharePoint Modified column not updated

Creating a custom column with a link to document (other than the name field) in document library


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With SharePoint Designer:

How to set default values based on a query string and make those fields uneditable ~ IT Pro Ramblings