ATOI365D#Office365Challenge How’s that for planning?! My 300th post in this challenge falls on Xmas. So I really hope no one reads my post today or even opens their computers. But, here goes anyway. In SharePoint you can restrict who may be picked in the Person or Group column by pointing it to a SharePoint Group.

Day: 300 of 365, 65 left
Tools: Office 365, SharePoint
Description: Restricting People picker to a specific SharePoint Group
Audience: All

Using a People Picker (Person or Group column) allows you to pick people from your company’s Active Directory. Sometimes you want to allow users to pick someone, but restrict them to a specific group of people – Managers / Approvers etc.

Below I’ve added a Person or Group column, when you scroll down you’ll see the ability to choose from an existing SharePoint group. This Group needs to be created first (before you add the column). Add the users in the SharePoint Group, you want the people to pick from. Read more on how to create these in Day 216 – SharePoint Groups for Permissions


On the form, users will only be able to search for and pick people who were added to that specific group.:



Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.