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Change Label in User Field Dropdown

  • Is there a way to customize the display of the user’s name in the User select box? I would like to show just the ‘Display Name’ instead of ‘username (display name)’ that is shown by default.

    E.g., I would like this to just show ‘Matthew McVickar’:

  • Hi @matthewmcvickar

    You can use the “acf/fields/user/result” filter hook to do it. It’s not documented yet, but I believe you can do it like this:

    function change_user_acf_result( $result, $user, $field, $post_id ) {
        $result = $user->user_login;
            if( $user->first_name ) {
                $result = $user->first_name;
                if( $user->last_name ) {
                    $result .= ' ' . $user->last_name;
        return $result;
    add_filter( 'acf/fields/user/result', 'change_user_acf_result', 10, 4 );

    Hope this helps!

  • Sorry to revive this old thread, but it’s the only one that seems to relate directly to what I’m needing.

    Similar to Matthew, I need to change the label shown in the admin dropdown. I have many different users with the same First/Last name, so it’s impossible to know which user is being selected. I’ve tried using the ‘acf/fields/user/result’ filter as James described, but it doesn’t appear to do anything. Was this filter removed?

  • Hi there,

    I’m also after the exact thing. I need to display First/Last name and the email in the dropdown as some people have the same name.

    If anyone finds a solution.

  • I just tested this, and that code worked just fine for me on a fresh installation of WordPress and ACF Pro:

    Here’s the code I used:

    function change_user_acf_result( $result, $user, $field, $post_id ) {
      // Empty the string so we can repopulate it.
      $result = '';
      if ( $user->first_name ) {
        $result .= $user->first_name;
      if ( $user->last_name ) {
        $result .= ' ' . $user->last_name;
      if ( $user->user_email ) {
        $result .= ' (' . $user->user_email . ')';
      return $result;
    add_filter( 'acf/fields/user/result', 'change_user_acf_result', 10, 4 );

    You can see the result in the attached screenshot.

  • Hi Matthew,

    Thanks for the help.. I bought the PRO plugin and this code is working now.

    Not sure if I should start a new topic or not but would you know if there is a way to make the search in the dropdown search other fields (such as buddypress data?)…


  • Ah, I’m glad it’s working now—apparently this functionality (or this filter?) is limited to Pro.

    I would start a new topic for your other request… I don’t know anything about Buddypress, but the user dropdown wouldn’t search that data unless it saved them as actual WordPress users. Best of luck! 🙂

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