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Field Properties


You can set the properties to customize each field added to your form. To do so, click the field on your form builder. Under Properties, you can add or modify the following field properties:
  • Field Label                
    A field label denotes the name for a field in the live form. It is also used while configuring formulas, integrations, conditional workflows, and more while building a form. You can also customize field labels to improve the form-filling experience for your respondents.  
    To change the position of the field label in your form,

    • Click your Form Title to access the Form Properties

    • Under Label Placement, select if you want the field labels in your form to be placed at the top, to the left, or to the right of the fields.
      Field Label placement

Hiding a Field Label
You can choose to hide the Field Label by selecting the Hide Field Label option for the following fields:
Single Line, Multi Line, Number, Decimal, Phone, Name, Address, Currency, Date, Date-Time, Email, Website, Dropdown, Terms and Conditions, Subform.
If you choose to hide a field label, it will be hidden in the following places:
  1. Live form
  2. Saved form
  3. Edit Response in live form
  4. Record edit option in All entries/Report entries/Task Entries/Approval Entries
  5. In the HTML/ HTML with CSS embed codes of the form
  6. Form Review
  7. Subform fields in the Thank You Page summary
  8. Email Notifications
  • Instructions
    You can specify the instructions or hints for a field to help your respondents fill out the form. The instructions will appear italicized below the field.

    Field Instructions

  • Placeholder Text
    You can provide a Placeholder Text for the following fields to provide a short hint or an example of the input required to your respondents:
    Single Line, Multi Line, Number, Decimal, Phone (International format), Name field elements, Address field elements, Currency, Date, Date-Time, Dropdown, Email, Website.
    Note: If you have chosen to hide a field label, the Placeholder Text will be displayed in place of the field label (if you have given a Placeholder Text) while reviewing the form, in Email Notifications, and in the Subform fields of the Thank You Page summary.
  • Validation
    Form fields can be validated by applying certain conditions such as Mandatory, No Duplicates, Allow Negative Value, etc.

    • Mandatory: To make the field mandatory for the respondents to answer, select Mandatory.

      Mandatory fields

    • No Duplicates: To accept unique responses for a field from each respondent, select No Duplicates.

    • Allow Negative Value: To allow respondents to submit negative values for the field, select Allow Negative Value.

Note: For Name and Address fields, you can choose the field elements to be mandatory under the field Properties.
  • Visibility   
    You can choose to show/hide your form fields in the live form.

  1. To hide a field from the respondents, select Hide Field.
  2. To restrict your respondents from entering data into a field, select Disable Field.     
Note: For Name and Address fields, you can click the visibility  icon to the left of a field element under Properties to remove the element from your form.
  • Privacy
    You can mark your form fields as personal or encrypt the field to protect sensitive data from misuse.

    • Select Mark as Personal to prompt users about data sensitivity when setting up certain configurations in the form. 

    • Select Encrypt to secure the sensitive data from misuse and prompt users about data sensitivity when setting up certain configurations in the form. The responses of an encrypted field will be masked while printing and downloading reports.         Learn more

You can choose to assign values to the choice based fields (Dropdown, Radio, Multiple Choice, and Checkbox) and group choices in the dropdown field in your form.

Dynamic Field Labels

You can make personalized interactions for your respondents by customizing a field label. These customized labels will appear in the live form to your respondents. You can include another field label within your field label and use rich text to customize it.

Dynamic Field Label example

To do this,
  1. Click Rich Text in the top-right corner of the field label under Properties.

    Rich Text in Field Label
  2. In the pop-up, you can apply the basic text formatting and include other field labels dynamically by clicking the   icon. The response for a field included within the field label will automatically appear in the live form as a respondent fills the form.
  3. Click Done.

    Dynamic Field Label Configuration
  4. A Reference Label, which acts as a field identifier, will be available under Properties. You can enter a label for the field under Reference Label and refer to this to identify the field while configuring settings, integrations, and other workflows. The reference label will not appear in the live form.

  5. You can Edit or Delete the customized field label. Upon deletion, the Reference Label will become the field label.

  1. You can include a maximum of 3 fields in a customized Field Label.
  2. A customized Field Label cannot just be a response entered from another field. It must include some additional text to complete a question.
  3. Only the field labels of the fields configured above the field for which you are customizing the label will be displayed in the Field Labels list.
  4. To avoid data abuse while collecting responses, rich text field label prefilling is not supported when the values are passed using Field Alias for the following field types: NameAddressDropdownRadio, and Single Line.

Rename Uploaded Files

When respondents upload files to your form, the different file names they use can make it difficult for you to visually organize the files.

File uploaded in live form

To make the names look consistent and to help you organize the files better, you can use the File Name option to rename the uploaded files automatically when a respondent submits the form for the File Upload, Image Upload, and Signature fields.
To do this,
  1. Go to the field Properties of the File Upload / Image Upload / Signature field.
  2. Under File Name, give a name of your choice that can help you identify the files better. You can also merge form responses in the name using the merge icon. For example, if you want your recruitees to upload their resumes, you can give the File Name as shown.

    File Name
    If the respondent enters the name as Rebecca, the file uploaded will be renamed as Rebecca_Resume on form submission .
  1. A maximum of 50 characters can be included in the File Name beyond which the name will be trimmed.
  2. You can merge only upto 3 fields in File Name.
  3. If multiple files are uploaded to the same File Upload field, the files will be renamed in a numeric sequence starting from 1. For example, Rebecca_Resume, Rebecca_Resume_1, and so on.
  4. You cannot rename files if you choose to upload files above 20 MB.
  5. This feature is available only in our paid plans.
  6. While editing a record, only the new files being uploaded will be renamed.

Assign Values for Dropdown, Radio, Multiple Choice, and Checkbox Fields  

When you add a choice based field to your form, you can assign values (Numeric, Text) to each choice.          
To do this,
  1. Add a choice based field to your form.
  2. Under Properties, go to Advanced > Assign Values.

    Assign Values

  3. In the pop-up, select the Value type. You can choose between Numeric, Text, or a combination of both values.

    Assign a value to each choice

  4. Enter values for each choice and click Assign Values.
Refer to how you can use the values assigned to choices in Formulas, Email Notifications, Thank You Page, and Integrations.
  1. The Numeric values assigned to the respective choices can be used while performing calculations using the Formula field.
  2. Both the Numeric and Text values assigned to the respective choices can be used while configuring the Email Notification templates or Thank You page redirection under Form Settings and Form Rules.

Group Choices      

You can group your choices in the Dropdown field.
  1. Add a Dropdown field to your form.
  2. Under Properties, go to Advanced > Group Choices.

    Group Choices

  3. In the pop-up, enter the names of the groups and the choices under them and click Save.
Alternatively, you can choose to add your choices under a group in bulk.
To do so,  
  1. Click the   icon in Group Name.

    Alternate way to add choices under a group

  2. In the popup, enter each choice in a new line, or use a comma separator between the choices.

  3. Select Replace existing Choices if you wish to replace the already existing choices and click Done.

  4. To add more groups, click the   icon and repeat the above steps to add choices under each group.

  5. Click Save.

Check out an example of grouping choices.

  1. There must be at least one choice under a group, and each Group Name must be unique.
  2. You can also configure rules to work with group choices. Learn more

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