How I simplified the Users and Group UI – Removing Users

The final component in my users and groups UI is the ability to remove users. This is based very much on how SharePoint works – and it’s a little ugly. My apologies -but this is how SharePoint does it.

Our ListView shows our users. Each user has a checkbox next to them:


I’ve added a ‘Remove Users’ LinkButton to my fake ‘toolbar’:

Title and View Controls

That LinkButton is defined in my page as:

<asp:LinkButton UseSubmitBehavior="false" id="BtnRemoveUsersFromGroup" runat="server"
Text="Remove Users"
OnClientClick="return BtnRemoveUsersClick();"

So, on click it runs some client script, and then posts back a click event. So, how do you know which users have been selected within the postback? You could have zero-to-N checkboxes!

Well, the client script is some JavaScript that checks all the checkboxes, appends their values into a hidden field, and it’s that hidden field that is posted back for the click event.

This function gets the selected users (yes, I’m using a bit of jQuery – it was much neater):

function GetSelectedUsers(attributeName, separator)
var result = "";
var users = $("input:checkbox[name^='spUserSelectionCheckBox']");
for (var i = 0; i < users.length; i++)
var chkBox = users[i];
if (chkBox.checked)
var attributeValue = chkBox.getAttribute(attributeName);
if (attributeValue != null && attributeValue.length > 0)
if (result.length > 0)
result = result + separator;
result += attributeValue;
return result;

And this function puts all the selected users into our hidden field:

function BtnRemoveUsersClick()
var userIds = GetSelectedUsers("value", ",");
var userNames = GetSelectedUsers("account", ",");
var confirmMessage = "<SharePoint:EncodedLiteral runat='server' text='<%$Resources:wss,people_confirmremoveusersfromgroup%>' EncodeMethod='EcmaScriptStringLiteralEncode'/>";
var noUserSelectedMsg = "<SharePoint:EncodedLiteral runat='server' text='<%$Resources:wss,people_nouserselected%>' EncodeMethod='EcmaScriptStringLiteralEncode'/>";
if (userIds.length == 0)
return false;
var hdn = (document.getElementById("<%= HdnUsersToRemove.ClientID %>"));
hdn.value = userIds;
var msg = StBuildParam(confirmMessage, userNames);
<%= Page.GetPostBackEventReference(BtnRemoveUsersFromGroup) %>;
return true;
return false;

For completeness, our hidden field is an ASP.NET control…

<input runat="server" type="hidden" id="HdnUsersToRemove" />

Yuck! So, in JavaScript, we get all the checkboxes, identify the selected users, put them into a hidden field, and then postback our button’s click event. Thus, in my code behind, I have to split up my string of IDs of selected users, and remove the users:

web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;
string[] usersToRemove = HdnUsersToRemove.Value.Split(new char[] { ',' });
foreach (string user in usersToRemove)
web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = false;

And that’s the last main bit of it.

  • Introduction
  • How to Display a list of users
  • How to Find the MembershipGroupId
  • How to Add Users
  • How to Remove Users
  • Conclusion
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    How I simplified the Users and Group UI – Removing Users

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