A text input field for short, single-line answers. It is the most commonly used field as it’s suitable for capturing general information such as first name, last name, favourite brand, or anything else that requires a short answer.
- In the Form Fields panel (left-hand side), click and drag the Short Answer field onto your form.
- Enter the question or name.
- (Optional) Tick if answering this question is compulsory.
- Save & Close.
Show advanced options
Advanced options provide additional controls and functionality as explained in the table below.
|Option||Tick this if you want to…|
|Question (Label)||Show a different field label (instead of the field name) on the form.|
When a Question (Label) is specified, it will override the Question (Name) on your form.
For example, you may want to:
|Hide the question (only show the answer box)||Only show the input field (without the question/name).|
|Default answer||Prefill the field with a default answer.|
Field short-codes can also be used to prefill dynamic values directly from responses in other fields within the form.
|Placeholder||Provide an example of a response or required format to guide form users. The placeholder text will disappear when a value is typed in.|
|Further instructions||Add some informative text just below the field.|
|Answer Rules & Validation||Run validation checks on data entered on the form (such as numbers only, alphabet only, etc) when a form user submits the form, or proceeds to the next page.|
|Min. allowed characters||Run a validation check to ensure a minimum number of characters is entered when a form user submits the form, or proceeds to the next page.|
For example, you may want to set up a validation to ensure mobile numbers have 10 numeric characters.
|Max. allowed characters||Run a validation check to ensure a maximum number of characters is entered when a form user submits the form, or proceeds to the next page.|
|Do not allow previously entered value||Ensure all answers to this question, across all responses for this form, are unique.|
For example, you may have fields for vouchers or coupons where the value should only be used once.
|Limit answer to a pre-defined list||Only accept certain responses that match your criteria.|
When you enable this option, you can enter a list of answers that will be validated against the form user’s response when the form is submitted.
If the response doesn’t match your list, the following error will be shown:
|Answer must include certain text / Answer must start with certain text||Only accept responses that include or start with certain text. |
For example, you may want to only accept phone numbers with a valid prefix, e.g. must start with +61 or 04 (for mobile).
When you enable this option, you can enter multiple possible values (separated by a comma) that will be validated against the form user’s response when the form is submitted.
|Read-only – don’t allow entry into this field||Lock a field to prevent form users from modifying a pre-defined field value. |
For example, you may have a default answer such as ‘today’s date’ or ‘customer ID’ that is pre-filled on the form and you don’t want form users to change it.
|Hidden – don’t show this field on the online form||Hide a field to prevent form users from modifying a pre-defined field value. |
For example, you may have a default answer such as ‘today’s date’ or ‘customer ID’ that is pre-filled on the form and you don’t want form users to see it.
|Show /hide this field with conditional logic||Hide this field until certain conditions/responses in other fields are met. |
To learn more, see Show/hide fields based on conditions.