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Basic Fields

As basic fields, you can use short text fields, long text fields, number fields, dropdown lists, single choice fields, multiple choice fields, headings and HTML blocks.Thanks to the awesome drag and drop editor, any field can be added to your form as easy as 1-2-3. Drag fields from the panel on the right to your main view, to the place where you want them to be. You can reposition fields afterwards. You can also add fields by just clicking on them in the panel.
Each element comes with an Edit option that lets you control its appearance and behavior.
In this article, we’ll cover all the basic fields available.
Basic Fields 123FormBuilder

General Particularities

  • type in the Label of the field, the title you want your users to see
  • set the label’s Visibility(shown, hidden, inside the field, removed)
  • when you edit the Label you can also choose the title’s style: normal, bold or italic
  • check the Required box if the field must not be left blank (a red asterisk will indicate that the field is required)
  • click on Hide field if you do not need a certain field displayed on the form.
  • add field Instructions if you want to provide additional information regarding the text box; instructions will appear right below the field label
  • Default Value. Specifies the default value of the text field (e.g John Doe)
  • Input fields can show an Unique ID. That ID is automatically generated when the form’s page is refreshed.
  • Match another field value. Match two input fields to force the user to type the same value in both.
  • you can choose to make an input field Read-Only
  • On choice fields you can set to Accept other values instead of the pre-established choices. Once clicked, it will open an input field.
  • Limit the number of times a choice can be selected. Once the limit is reached, that particular option will appear grayed out.
  • Choice fields can be used for Quiz forms.

Short Text Field

A short text field allows users to enter any characters. This type of field can be used for collecting simple text inputs.

Particularities

  • choose, from the Field Validation the input type you will accept for this field: for example, alphanumeric (letters and numbers), alphanumeric space (letters, numbers and space tab), full name and regular expression.
  • Set the length of the answer with the Min and Max no. of characters options

Long Text Field

Long text fields are similar to Short text fields the difference being that they allow for more text input. For example, you may use long text fields for comments or suggestions.

Particularities

  • Set the minimum and maximum of words allowed
  • Increase the height in rows
  • The user can manually increase the long text typing area by dragging its bottom-right corner.

Dropdown Field

The dropdown field provides several options from which your visitor will have to select one.

Particularities

  • type in the Available Choices box the options visitors have got (one per line)
  • you can make the dropdown searchable for your form user.
  • click on Import to see all your choices.
  • you can also preselect a value in the Default Choice section
  • quick tip: if you want to leave the first line blank, type in *Please Select* – this way, no choice will show until your visitor opens the dropdown list.
  • show how many times each option can be selected on the form with the help of the Limit choices option.
  • Randomize your choices

Single Choice Field

The single choice field allows users to choose only one item from a list of options.

Particularities

  • in the Layout section, choose whether your single choice field will show on one, two or three columns or the choices can also be displayed inline
  • tick Clearable to allow your visitors to deselect the option they have chosen.
  • import lists of days of the week and months of the year clicking on the Import link
  • Limit the number of times a choice can be checked. The limitation can be Reset every day and you can also Show no. of choices left

Multiple Choice Field

The multiple choice field allows users to choose any number of items from a list of options.

Particularities

  • You can set the minimum and maximum number of choices which can be selected.
  • Enable the Group Answers option to receive the actual choice text instead of the Yes and No indicators

Heading Field

If you want to mark a new section or subsection in your form you can do this by using headings

Particularities

  • Replace the text in the Label box with your desired heading and choose its Style: bold, normal or italic.
  • change the font size (h1,h2, h3, h4, label size, instructions size)
  • Name your heading field to better identify it while using field rules.

HTML Block Field

HTML blocks may be used for inserting customized text sections, link, images and tables.

Particularities

  • click on the Edit HTML Block link to open the customization lightbox
  • add custom HTML code on the form by clicking the source code icon
  • type in text and use the following customization options: font type and size, font style (bold, italic, underlined), foreground and background color, text alignment (left, right, center, justified)
  • when inserting tables, specify the number of rows and columns, the table width, padding and background color, the border size, style and color and the type of alignment; then, insert text or images into the table cells
  • when inserting an image, paste its URL in the customization box or upload it from your device, type in an alternate text (the text that will show if the image is unavailable at a certain moment), then adjust the image layout: width, height, border, alignment and the horizontal and vertical space covered by the image section; finally, press Save
  • when inserting hyperlinks, paste the URL, choose a target (_blank to open the link in a new tab, _self to open the link in the same frame, _parent to open it in the same frameset, _top to open it as a new page that fills the entire window)

18 comments

    1. Hi Ricardo! To show directly on the form and in plain text, you will need to have a script that passed the email input into a heading or HTML block field. A much easier and faster option will be to add the information on the second form’s Thank You Page. Choose in Settings – Thank you Page -> Show HTML Block. In the body add the email field variable form the right-side dropdown list. You should have something like this: An email was sent to {[email fieldID]}.

    1. Hello Willie,

      Thank you for the comment and our sincere apologies for the delayed response.

      Yes, it is possible. From the edit panel of your short text field you will need to change the Field Validation to numeric.

  1. Hi, I need help please. I have field titles that are in ALL CAPS/2pt, and are running into the input boxes if I don’t move some of the field title text down to another line. I want all the field title text on one line. This should be possible? Also how do I justify the input boxes to the right or further away from the field titles? Thank you!

  2. Is there a way to create a report chart based on a check box field with 6 options? It would be great to have the visible data for that!

  3. Hi there – how do I make the text box fields TALLER, and make the input text that appears IN them larger?

    Thanks!

    1. Hello Stephen!

      These can be accomplished by adding some custom CSS to your form. In the Form Settings section, go to Themes and click on the link Use custom CSS. In the lighbox that appears you can use a code such as: input {height:50px} (this code will make the input box taller. Adjust the value as you see fit}.

      As for the text that appears in the input, use the code: input {font-size: 24px;} (Change the value as you see fit on your form).
      If you have text areas on your form, then you will need to use this code: input, textarea {font-size: 24px;} (This will change the size of the text within the input and textarea to 24 px)

      If you are also interested in changing the font family used within the input, follow our documentation at: http://www.123formbuilder.com/docs/how-to-change-the-font-family-for-form-inputs/

      For further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our Support Team at support@123formbuilder.com or via our contact form.

      Thanks!

  4. Hi,
    I am setting up a summary section at the end of my form (OSCA Internship Application Form). Can I set it to automatically copy the answers of the fields included? Eg the text box field allows you to select ‘match field with the value of another field’. Is it possible to do this with the dropdown field? I am trying to duplicate the ‘University’ box in the summary section.
    Thanks.
    Rosy

  5. Can I please request a field that allows you to add a table to a form. For example – 3 rows (Date/Job Role/Responsiblities) and 5 columns (space for 5 jobs to be inputed) on a grid.
    Thanks

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