Add watermark for input fields


Posted by AaronBets - Nov 17 ’12 at 12:26


I found it is possible to hide title of field on the form using Forms Designer, I like it. I want to hide it and add watermarks for each input, wehere will be displayed some guide text. Do you have any plans to add this functionality to Forms Designer?

  • Anthony (Support)
    Anthony (Support)
    Member for: 7 years 10 months 18 days
    #1 by Anthony (Support) Nov 18 ’12 at 01:37

    Hi, AaronBets.

    You can use jQuery watermark plugin to implement this functionality.

    Just upload jQuery watermark script file to SharePoint library for example Styles Library or put in Layouts folder.

    Then use JavaScript windows, accessible from SharePoint Forms Designer ribbon to put there some code, see details below.

    In JavaScript windows add following code:

    //add jQuery watermark script to page

    var s = document.createElement("script");

    s.type = "text/javascript";

    s.src = "/Style Library/jQuery/jquery.watermark.min.js";


    //Apply watermark for Name field

    $(fd.field('Name').control().el()).watermark('Required information');




    As you can see, the first part is adding jQuery watermark script to page, second part is applying watermark for Name field. Just replace it with your field name, or use it multiple times for few fields.

  • stieland
    Member for: 7 years 3 months 16 days
    #2 by stieland Jun 14 ’13 at 01:35

    I'm trying to get this to work and when I can't get past adding the js file.

    When I have the following line in, it throws an unknow javascript error.



    Would this be different with SharePoint 2013?

  • Dmitry
    Member for: 8 years 3 months 20 days
    #3 by Dmitry Jun 14 ’13 at 02:31

    [#2]: In new versions of Forms Designer we include jquery-library in compatibility mode. So, if don't use your own jquery-library and wish to include dynamically additional jquery plugins you have to declare jQuery and $ variables global. Also we redesigned our JS-Framework, and the actual code that inserts watermark now looks this way:

    window.$ = $;
    window.jQuery = $;
    RegisterSod('watermark.js', '/Style Library/jQuery/jquery.watermark.min.js');
    LoadSodByKey('watermark.js', null, true);
    fd.field('Title').control()._el().find('input').watermark('Required information');

    In this example I add watermark 'Required information' to 'Title' field input

  • stieland
    Member for: 7 years 3 months 16 days
    #4 by stieland Jun 14 ’13 at 02:43

    [#3]: Perfect.  That works great and makes sense.

  • Sonoma
    Member for: 6 years 5 days
    #5 by Sonoma Nov 19 ’14 at 05:11

    [#4]: I can get this to work as well but...

    I have forms with multiple required fields(sometimes upto 100) I would like to add the water mark to:

    1. set my required fields as normal during the list building
    2. add watermark to all fields using the SPForms -> TITLE -> Value
    3. hide all titles


    Is this possible?




  • Dmitry Kozlov
    Dmitry Kozlov
    Member for: 7 years 8 days
    #6 by Dmitry Kozlov Nov 20 ’14 at 04:11

    [#5]: Yes, it's possible with the help of JavaScript but requires a bit of coding. I'd suggest purchasing 100 support minutes in our store:

    And send the detailed requirements to [email protected]

  • Sonoma
    Member for: 6 years 5 days
    #7 by Sonoma Nov 20 ’14 at 03:24

    [#6]: Thank you. It is something we may consider.

    I am toying around with jscript and getting close.

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