icon Multiple lines of text

The Multiple lines of text field is used to store multiple lines of text. With the Append Changes to Existing Text setting, it can be used to store multiple versions of text.

This page contains a detailed description of the field properties and JavaScript samples which you can use with this field.

Multiple lines of text field

Common Properties

SharePoint Field




SharePoint Field




JavaScript framework

In this section, you can find basic examples of how to work with the SharePoint fields using JavaScript.

For more examples, check out Working with form fields in JavaScript article. If you are not familiar with the JavaScript framework, get started with the JavaScript basics.


The field is only accessible once the form is rendered, so all calls to the field must be inside fd.spRendered event:

    //make field required
    fd.field('Field1').required = true;

Get or set field value

Access and change field value with the following property:

//get field value
var text = fd.field('Field1').value;

//set field value for Plain text, use \n to start new line
fd.field('Field1').value = 'Some text \nNew line of text';

//set field value for Rich text, use HTML formatting
fd.field('Field1').value = 'Tenerife is the largest of the eight <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canary_Islands" rel="nofollow">Canary Islands</a>.';

Handle change event

Execute a function when a field value has been changed:

fd.field('Field1').$on('change', function(value) {
    //log new value to browser's console

Make field required

Make a field required or optional:

//make field required
fd.field('Field1').required = true;

//make field not required
fd.field('Field1').required = false;

Disable field

Make a field non-editable. The field value can still be changed with JavaScript and saved:

//disabled field
fd.field('Field1').disabled = true;

//enable field
fd.field('Field1').disabled = false;

Get HTML element

Access HTML element inside the field in order to modify it, hide it, or do something else.

//access field's control
var htmlField = fd.field('Field1').$el;

//access field's block, which includes title and control
var htmlFullField = fd.field('Field1').$parent.$el;

Hide field

Hide a field from a user. The field value can still be accessed and changed with JavaScript.

//hide field
fd.field('Field1').hidden = true;

//show field
fd.field('Field1').hidden = false;

Clear field

Clear field value.


Cоnfigure widget

You can access the widget used by the field in Rich text mode. The widget is based on Kendo UI Editor.

// get the widget

// change the widget's configuration
fd.field('Field1').widgetOptions = {
    placeholder: 'Enter your text here'

widgetOptions is the same as widget.setOptions({}) but can be defined before widget initialization.

Customize toolbar

The property contains settings for Kendo UI MultilineTextBox control and is applicable for Rich text fields only. Customize the collection of tools that are used to interact with the text. Tools may be switched on by specifying their names.

The available editor commands are:

Basic text formatting:

  • ‘bold’

  • ‘italic’

  • ‘underline’

  • ‘strikethrough’

  • ‘subscript’

  • ‘superscript’

Font and color:

  • ‘fontName’

  • ‘fontSize’

  • ‘foreColor’

  • ‘backColor’


  • ‘justifyLeft’

  • ‘justifyCenter’

  • ‘justifyRight’

  • ‘justifyFull’


  • ‘insertUnorderedList’

  • ‘insertOrderedList’

  • ‘indent’

  • ‘outdent’

Links, images and files:

  • ‘createLink’

  • ‘unlink’

  • ‘insertImage’

  • ‘insertFile’

Table editing:

  • ‘tableWizard’

  • ‘createTable’

  • ‘addColumnLeft’

  • ‘addColumnRight’,

  • ‘addRowAbove’

  • ‘addRowBelow’

  • ‘deleteRow’

  • ‘deleteColumn’

Structural markup and styles:

  • ‘formatting’

  • ‘cleanFormatting’

HTML code view:

  • ‘viewHtml’

Print edited field:

  • ‘print’


Add a custom button to the tools pane which will run the JavaScript function.


fd.spRendered(function() {
    fd.field('Field1').widgetOptions = {
        tools: [
            { name: 'italic' },
            { name: 'underline' },
            { name: 'justifyLeft' },
            { name: 'justifyCenter' },
            { name: 'justifyRight' },
                name: 'custom',
                tooltip: 'Insert profile template',
                exec: function(e) {
                    var editor = $(this).data('kendoEditor');
                    editor.exec('inserthtml', {
                        value: '<strong>Name: </strong><br/><strong>Age: </strong><br/><strong>Gender: </strong><br/><strong>Email: </strong><br />'