How to Create Multiple Textboxes in a Single Question in Zoho Survey | Online Help Guide

Multiple Textboxes

The Multiple Textbox question type lets you add as many text boxes as you want in a single question.
For example, assume that you want your customers to give you detailed feedback on each of the following items. You could add a multiple textbox questions in your survey and add various aspects you need feedback for.

Multiple textbox question sample:


To add a multiple textbox question to your survey:

  1. Click Multiple Textboxes in the question types listed on the left pane. You can also drag and drop the question type to the builder.

  2. Type your question in the Question box.
  3. If you want to mark the question mandatory, select the Make this question mandatory checkbox.
  4. If you want to make changes to the default Error message text that displays, edit the content in the textbox.
  5. In the Required number of fields dropdown list, select the number of fields you want to add. This can be in the form of at least, at most, exactly, or in between. This option appears only if the Make this question mandatory checkbox is selected.
  6. If you want to pipe in custom variables or variables from previous questions and customize the follow-up questions, click Insert Variable right above the Question box. Then, select the variable you want to use from the list. Read more on piping here.
  7. In the Field label box, you can add labels for the answer fields in the following ways: 
    1. If you are copying and pasting the labels, make sure you type each of them on a separate line.
    2. If you want to add them separately, click Individual Textboxes for Each Field right above the Field label box, and start adding the labels.
    3. Click + to add more boxes, and click X to delete them.
  8. Click All fields have the same answer format in the Answer format section if you want to use the same format for all the fields.
    1. Click the textbox type in the Format type dropdown.
    2. If you select Short Answer, select the size of the text box and character limit in the Text box size and Text must be between fields respectively.
    3. If you select Number, select the size of the textbox, minimum, and maximum values in the Textbox size, Minimum value, and Maximum value fields, respectively. If you want to allow using decimal values, select Allow decimal value.
    4. If you select Email, select the size of the textbox in the Textbox size dropdown.
    5. If you select Date, select the date format and date range in the corresponding fields. You can select the options—in between, after, or before — to choose a date range. The date field supports the following formats:
      1. MM/DD/YYYY
      2. MMM DD, YYYY
      3. DD/MM/YYYY
      4. DD MMM YYYY
  9. Click Each field has a different answer format if you want to use different answer formats for all the fields.
    1. Select the size of the textbox in the Textbox size dropdown list.
    2. Select the appropriate textbox type for each field in the Format type dropdown list.
      1. Short Answer: Click the settings icon to set the character limit in the Text must be between fields.
      2. Number: Click the settings icon to select the minimum and maximum values in the Minimum value and Maximum value fields, respectively. If you want to allow using decimal values, select Allow decimal value.
      3. Email
      4. Date: Click the settings icon to select the date format and date range in the corresponding fields. You can select the options — in between, after, or before — to choose a date range. The date field supports the following formats:
        1. MM/DD/YYYY
        2. MMM DD, YYYY
        3. DD/MM/YYYY
        4. DD MMM YYYY

  10. Select how you want the fields to be displayed in the Field display format section.
  11. To see what else you can do with the question, click Advanced options. You can perform the following actions:
    1. Select Change the order of fields to randomize the answer options. Read more on randomization here.
      1. Randomize for each respondent - To change the order randomly for each respondent
      2. Flip for each respondent - To show the fields in the opposite order for each respondent
      3. Rotate for each respondent - To rotate the fields for each respondent
      4. Ascending sort - To arrange the fields in the ascending order
      5. Select Don't randomize the last few fields if you want to select the number of fields that needn't be randomized
    2. Add a Question hint to add hints to your question, and help your respondents get a clear idea of what your questions are all about.
  12. Switch to the Display Logic tab to add a logic condition to the question.
  13. Click Save.
  14. To discard the changes, click Cancel.

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