How to Save Forms and Continue Later

Last Update: March 28, 2016

Got Lots of Form Pages? Make JotForm Save Submissions on Each Page. Let's say that you have a survey which includes over 10 pages. Your user starts to fill out your forms but suddenly something happens, maybe the computer shuts down or the user has an urgent call and closes your form without submitting it. It is possible to prevent this, JotForm has an amazing feature that saves the forms for each unique user and for each page the form is filled. That way your users will be able to continue to fill out your forms whenever they are available. But, the tricky part is you have to keep a Session ID.

Note: This method requires two forms and a Page Break in order for it to work, and as a matter of fact our session system will not be able to handle a large amount of records in drop down menus. So please be aware of it, before to implement this method.

We will need to have two forms:

Form 1 : The first form where the user will need to fill out the name and email field. The session URL will be created here and we will use the email field as the session ID.

Form 2 (Main Form): This is the main form where all the necessary and important fields we need to collect. The main form needs to have page break, please also note that the progress on each page will only be saved when the "Next" and "Back" button is clicked.

1. Create a form to get name and e-mail. On the title, explain the user why this is necessary. This will be referred as the first form from now on. Form 1 Example:

2. Create another form that they will be redirected to. This will be referred as the main form from now on. Form 2 Example:

** If you want to change the back and next button text, just click on each option from the toolbar and change it from there. **
** You can also change the visibility of each button. This function is useful for skip-to page conditional logic.**
** You can also choose from a variety of our page break buttons**

3. When main form is finished click "Preview" and then click "Open in new tab" button. On the new tab, copy the Form URL.

Here's the preview window where you can copy the form URL:

5. Close the tab and go to "My Forms" menu and click "Edit"  on "Form 1" you created.

6. On Form 1 go to "Emails".

Click "Create New Email" button.

7. Select the "Autoresponder Email".

8. Enter your name and e-mail. "Recipient E-mail" field should be related with the E-mail form on your form. So it should be an E-mail by default. If it is not selected please select the appropriate e-mail field found in your form. After completing all the necessary fields here, click "Edit Email". 

9. You will then be navigated to the email wizard where you can edit the email body. Erase all the data in the text area and write something meaningful for the user. Because this will be sent to his/her email.

10. Paste Form 2's URL here (the one your copied earlier), and at the end of the URL add a question mark "?", after the question mark write "session", next to it add the equals "=" sign and click E-mail on the form fields. So far your URL should look like this:


Below is a screenshot showing how I composed my autoresponders message:

After you have written "?session=" select E-mail from the right corner of the page which is in “Form Fields”. You can also hyperlink it using the formatting toolbar above, highlight or select the custom form session URL, then click the insert link button.

11. Click OK and save the changes.

We've covered the part where our main form will be emailed to our users when they submit their names and e-mail addresses. They will be able to complete their forms whenever they want from their e-mails. However, we also need to do a redirect page after they have submitted the first form.

12. In your Form 1, click "Thank You" button in the form builder.

Here you can edit the message or simple redirect the user to another page URL. I'll select "Edit Text".

You will then be navigated to this part where you can simply edit the thank you message of your form. In my case, I will compose the same message I have in the autoresponder and tell the user to use the session link to continue to the main form.


If you would like to pass the name and email field to this new Jotform - that is easy as well, just follow the guide here: Prepopulating fields to your JotForm via URL parameters to learn how to get and set parameters for prepopulating over URL.

In our sample, to pass the name and email we would add at the end:


- as you can see we still need to include the session parameters, we have only added the email and name parameters after it.

If you any questions or difficulties with any of the steps above, please post a comments below.


alysyncurd (August 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM)

That was quite helpful. I haven't tested it yet though.

Is there a way to customize the name of the recipient inside the "Thank You/Redirect" form?

Please let me know if possible...anybody?
e-mail me @:

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ResAdmin (September 05, 2011 at 09:46 AM)

I will give this a try.

How is this better / different from using {edit_link}

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Astroskidder (September 05, 2011 at 05:42 PM)

This works well, but it does not seem to save any of the Radio Button inputs?

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ownerlistedhome (September 06, 2011 at 01:18 AM)

If the user completes the form and then decides to make change to his or her answers at a later date will you be sent an e-mail notification that changes have been made?

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englipediaES (September 07, 2011 at 03:04 AM)

Two things:

NUMBER ONE: Bug? I think I might have found a bug with the Saving Form function you outlined above, and might I add the explanation was easy to follow.

Let me first explain how I understand this feature. Each time the the 'back' or 'Save & Go to Next Page' buttons are pressed, the form is saved? Correct?

Now, here's the problem I'm seeing, the File Upload function looks to be working but doesn't work 100% of the time and the following is when it doesn't work.

Usually, a file is something that is slotted last on a form, so right after you upload it, you click the Submit button. However, with this Save Form option you've laid out, the file isn't sent.

Let me better explain. Let's say I upload a file and then push either the 'back' or 'Save and Go to Next Page' button.

Then, I close out the window. By pushing one of these two buttons, I've saved everything I've entered into the form, and from the looks of it, it LOOKS like I've saved the uploaded document as well.

Okay, so I go over to my email address and retrieve the URL of the form and open it back up. Go to the page that contains the uploaded document, and the link to the document is still there, too, or a small thumbnail if you have chosen to upload an image.

However, when you hit the Submit button, the document isn't sent along with the form, only the text is sent.


NUMBER TWO: While this Save Form feature is cool for people submitting forms, the people receiving these forms receive two emails: 1.) When the submitter completes the first page of the form, and 2.)When the submitter actually send you the completed form.

Is it possible to not receive the first notification?


Here's a link to my form. It's bare bones but it's set up just like you explained above: (if you do check out my form, please note that I haven't redirected the Thank You page to any URL yet.)

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virgy (September 07, 2011 at 06:27 AM)

quando creo un modulo e lo salvo , come faccio a crearne un'altro senza che si modifichi il precedente ???

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virgy (September 07, 2011 at 06:29 AM)

quando creo un modulo e lo salvo, come Faccio uno crearne un'altro Senza Che SI modifichi il precedente??
scusate ma pima si e' inserita la parola stati uniti in automatico .-)

cchl (November 23, 2011 at 01:15 PM)

Yeah this did not save my answer after I clicked Save and Finish the Form button. I'm still confused.

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dittaeva (December 09, 2011 at 10:16 AM)

I have three issues with this:

1. Why not redirect directly to main form (with session ID) after submission of first form?
2. How do I know the name, and e-mail of the submitters of the main form without asking them for that information again? Doesn't look like it's possible, but if session id was saved to the response it would be easy enough. Another way to make it work could be to trigger sending of e-mail trough button (next).

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dittaeva (December 09, 2011 at 11:18 AM)

Instead of this solution I think I'm going for:
one form, with;
1. a submit button named something like "send e-mail with edit submission link" (my form is in Norwegian) and explaining text, after questions from first form. Which will take the respondent to:
2. a thank you page with link to edit submission (see, and
3. send thank you e-mail with edit link.

The challenge is to explain things so that the repspondent does not get confused when seeing the thank you page twice, and with an edit link. Luckily the thank you e-mail seems to be only sent once.

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dittaeva (December 09, 2011 at 11:34 AM)

Oups, my above "solution" isn't solving much since it does not save to the original submission when turning pages, so you still need the session id-link. I guess the thank you e-mail could provide both, though....

You really should do something about this....

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mservice (January 31, 2012 at 04:49 AM)

My main form: located here:
works flawlessly with only collapsable sections and no page breaks. Great!

BUT the problem is I've followed the above instructions precisely but the Page Breaks cause entire collapsable sections to permanently disappear entirely, AND the Next/Save button does not function except to validate the form, which is unwanted.

I have to make the form savable, hence I'm on this guide page.
(Users complained that their form lost all of their many form answers if they accidentally navigated away or pressed the wrong button).

My confirmation link (saved form link) is: (for my example) and each section 1-9 are numbered.

Form opens with missing sections despite them all being visible. Pressing the first and only Next/Save button does not work, ie doesn't save. Attempting to revisit the page for editing also fails at: despite the first 2 sections having been saved by using the Page Break button.

Please Please Help!
Why is this peculiar behavior happening?

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velocepublishing (February 06, 2012 at 06:19 AM)

I'm creating a form with multiple pages. I've created four 'form' pages, and one 'login' page.

Following the steps above, I can get everything to work for the first two pages (login and page 1), but when trying to create the email for subsequent pages, the option to insert 'E-mail' for recipient email isn't available – only fields on that particular form.

How can I create a form with more than two pages? (A single page form that I tested didn't save the input data).

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cgarrity (February 28, 2012 at 03:24 PM)

Is it possible to use a field other than email for the session? For example a unique identifier that was provided to each respondent prior to filling out the form.

In this case I would have three fields on the first form:

Then I would use {uniqueId} for the session= instead of the email field - should this work?

I tried this, but when I clicked the link from the autorespond email I didn't see any of the data I had already entered.

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ChloeBear (May 19, 2012 at 07:34 AM)


Is it possible to pre populate an email field in the main form using the email entered in the first form?

ywamharpenden (May 25, 2012 at 07:19 AM)

I was just wondering can we not just use the redirect to a custom url?

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ywamharpenden (May 25, 2012 at 09:51 AM)

I've just found a bug.

I have a section using a matrix and allowing the user to input data into the table. When I save it and then go to continue the form the data inputted into the table is lost.

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tower59 (May 29, 2012 at 06:47 AM)

I am wondering about the security of this. If the form contains sensitive information, could someone access the session by guessing who a respondent might be and entering jotform...?
Also, if the form is embedded in my site, is it possible to link the user to my site rather than to jotform directly? Thanks.

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miamicrepes (July 09, 2012 at 12:02 AM)

1-What about creating an account for repeat customers?

2-What if a customer wants to change an order such as start time and date? I'm a caterer

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miamicrepes (July 09, 2012 at 12:18 AM)

I found the article about updating form submission via auto responder email

I still am wondering about a customer creating an account. Can they create a username and password?

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masglobal (July 10, 2012 at 02:12 PM)

So far so good... I am almost done with creating this.

Quick question, I need all forms to be secure. Do I add https:// to the thank you and auto responder or change the address to the secure.jotform one?

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weightwins (November 29, 2012 at 06:51 AM)

Do you have an idea as to how many dropdown menus 'a large amount' is? I use quite a few because I need to ask people what their height and weight is - but I need to use metric and imperial, which means I have about 7 fields, of which half are hidden.

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tower59 (December 04, 2012 at 10:34 PM)

When a user hits "save and go to next", they get dropped in the middle or the bottom of the next page. Is there a way to add an automatic back to top when the next or previous page loads?

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regional (January 09, 2013 at 11:00 AM)

Is there a limit to how many text, drop downs, checks, and radio buttons you can have on the main form before it becomes too complicated to save and return to? Are their any restrictions or complications that can occur with a "heavy" form?

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aliaswave (January 12, 2013 at 06:42 PM)

Can you use different url?

Since mine is embedded in wordpress it goes to a full page browser window instead of page in which the form is embedded?

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AdminHAPPY (January 15, 2013 at 11:07 PM)

We are wanting to embed our checklists in to the Google Sites, we prefer our clients didn't have to enter their name & email address everytime before completing the form as it is an extra step - whilst necessary for jotform, unnecessary for user in this case as in they will be in their own portal site and will have signed in for that. Is there anything on the horizon to develop this method of Saving Forms to Continue Later?? I see other form builders can do it so guess it can be done. Would be good to know if on agenda for development???

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WCSPC (February 28, 2013 at 07:20 PM)

This is a great explanation and the main form is saving info for a further session. My problem is that the autoresponder email is not being received at the email address given.

Can you tell me why this may happen please?

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bscsigns (March 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM)

I am planning to use this for internal field work, I noticed that if i complete the form once than go through the process again, it pops up the form i did previously, is there a way to allow one email address to access multiple variations of the same form?

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Mike Figueroa (April 08, 2013 at 01:26 AM)

Why has this been deprecated? Is it still usable? Is there a replacement coming?

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socraticus (May 21, 2013 at 04:06 AM)

I have created 2 forms.
First form ( and main form (
Unfortunately Main form did not save my answer after I clicked Save and Finish the Form button.
Can you tell me why?

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notforprofitins (December 12, 2013 at 08:52 PM)

can I make the link on the thank you page clickable?

Can I somehow automatically forward the person to the new form?

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Alain (December 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM)

If I'm using an iframe the changes are not recorded. pe:

If I'm using directly the link "" it works fine!
How do you explain that? What I have to do? Thanks

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BJ2 (March 02, 2014 at 11:34 AM)


I did my best to follow your instructions above, however, whenever I fill up the "first form" and go to main form link, the data from first form were NOT shown on the main form...I am really confused how to set it up properly.

This is my sample first form.

Moreover, there's no "population bar" or completion bar above...

if you can, please, kindly fix my forms...

I will wait for your kind reply.
Thank you so much in advance!!!

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Mariag73 (May 08, 2014 at 02:39 PM)

Hi, created two forms and ran a test. Here's the link

Can't seem to get inputs to save to the main form. As the administrator, I could see Submissions had all saved the inputted data, but when I went back to the form using the edit link as a survey user, the main form i had filled out looked blank when I returned to it. Why can't the survey user see what they put in previously like the admin can? Can you help me figure out what I did wrong? Thanks

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Mariag73 (May 08, 2014 at 03:22 PM)

okay, i got the main survey form to save data, but not uploaded forms. They were submitted, by do not show up as attached when user returns to continue work on their survey - it looks as if nothing had been attached.

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scsoforms (May 20, 2014 at 02:58 PM)

I can not seem to get my form to auto save information. Any help would be appreciated. I have done all the above multiple times. The link below is to the first form.

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sorglenda (June 18, 2014 at 07:47 PM)

How do you paste name and e-mail from the first form to the main form?
Is there a way to use more than one condition? For example, go to the main form compatible with the e-mail and a month of the year. Of course, the first and main form have both questions.

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eduantony (July 17, 2014 at 06:18 PM)

Olá , estou realizando este tutorial, mas nã esta dando certo as informações não estão sendo salva no formulario para edição posterior e os campos preenchidos estão abrindo em branco.

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jamesforpm (September 03, 2014 at 06:55 PM)

Will the session ID expire at any point or can the user go back to it at anytime?

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jamesforpm (September 05, 2014 at 12:57 PM)

How did you enable the progress bar that updates with each question?

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jamesforpm (September 05, 2014 at 01:01 PM)

It's the progress bar widget

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bowmandc1 (September 08, 2014 at 02:51 PM)

Can the form and data be saved without creating the second form? If I enable it in the advance setting, can I specify the number of days it will remain in the browser without creating a separate form?

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James (September 09, 2014 at 07:27 PM)

What do you mean by ,matter of fact our session system will not be able to handle a large amount of records in drop down menus' - how many records can be handled and is this records per drop down or the total number of drop downs?

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jamesforpm (September 12, 2014 at 01:46 PM)

Will this approach work with self-hosted forms?

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jessica.meyer (October 25, 2014 at 08:41 PM)

Okay I have the 2 different forms.

But for some reason, when previous applicants add ?session= and their email to the end of the form it doesn't pull from their previous forms.
When I tested it before, it worked fine but now it is not working. What did I do wrong?

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gouldca (November 11, 2014 at 05:09 PM)

I have been trying to use this feature and it doesn't really work. I see that back in 2011 there was talk of the developers working on a Save button. Any word on if that will become a reality. I love my jotforms, but really need this capability. I don't want to redevelop my forms on a new platform. PLEASE HELP!!

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maddoxrealestate (November 18, 2014 at 07:38 PM)

I feel like I'm so close yet so far.

I have created a checklist form that I would like to be able to come back to when needed (obviously)

that's the link to the name/email portion which leads to the actual form, but when I submit the second form and click the link from my email, it starts a blank form over again with no saved info.

Help? =(

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amalaizat (December 08, 2014 at 04:47 AM)

I have followed the steps given. However I am stuck at step 3.
When I click Preview, it says Form not Found. Please help.

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tristargrp (December 08, 2014 at 01:17 PM)

I set up my first form and main form based on a unique ID (auto number). At first I thought it was working, but now, when I paste the link into a different browser, the information is not there. Please help.

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gouldca (December 18, 2014 at 09:14 AM)

{edit_link} seems like a much cleaner way to do this. What is the benefit to using the method outlined above?

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merwin.abadilla (January 27, 2015 at 10:06 PM)

Hi, so I have a form with multiple pages (i.e. page breaks) and did the save session method. It seems to work fine but it always start s from the first page. Is there a way to automatically skip to the uncompleted portion of the survey without the respondent having to click "next" until they get to the uncompleted part?

Thank you!

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DecadeofDifference (January 28, 2015 at 02:42 PM)

Hi, I've noticed a minor issue with this. On the demo of this, the percent complete progress bar doesn't show an accurate reading when you go back in using the edit url link that you are redirected to upon submission. It just says 0% complete at the top of every page. Any chance this can be fixed?

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colabination (February 02, 2015 at 10:45 PM)

I tried this method and it is not working on my embedded form:/ Please help!

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SFCA (February 17, 2015 at 03:49 PM)

I followed all the steps and was able get a personalized link with my email, but none of my information saved in the second form. I also do not have a "Save" button on the second form. Just "Submit". Please help!

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orgsource (May 14, 2015 at 02:10 PM)

I have set up my form using your instructions, so that users get a unique link to get them back into their form. But it still seems to be browser/cookie dependent. I tried going through the form and even saving it, but when I went to a different browser all of the data did not show up. I had to use the original browser. Is there any other way around this?

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tabud (May 19, 2015 at 07:07 PM)

This works fine until I have one person submitting more than one form. Is there a workaround for this?
Background: I used Adobe Forms to collect tech specifications for shows in a festival. Sometimes one person puts on more than one show - they need to do more than one form.

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reverett (June 25, 2015 at 03:56 PM)

Will this work if my forms are embedded into another website?

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emucoe (July 24, 2015 at 09:37 AM)

Glad this is a feature, but it's too many steps, compared to the functionality that was built into FormsCentral: Check a box to enable the Save feature. Done. When someone clicked the "Save" link in a form, they got a pop-up asking for their e-mail address, and they received an e-mail with a link to the partially completed form.

stephen.robinson (August 14, 2015 at 10:58 AM)

Agree with emucoe. Needs to be made simple!!!

hclc (August 21, 2015 at 06:48 PM)

I have a question about security. If the session ID is an email address, couldn't I use someone else's email and find the data in the fields already entered?

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Gauravsomwanshi (August 29, 2015 at 07:06 AM)

how add a save button before page break

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leppekbenefits (September 10, 2015 at 12:34 PM)

Hello, is it possible to use the continue function for ENCRYPTED forms?

I have an encrypted form. It uses page breaks to create a session ID, and I am using the {email} as the session ID. When testing the survey as a user, I am able to use the front and back buttons and the fields are still populated with the right data. However, as soon as I click submit, the data is lost. I use the link with the session ID to return to the form, and the data is lost - all the fields are blank. This is true for the link on the thank you page and in the auto responder email I created. Is this just because my form is encrypted? Or is there a way around this?

Second, in the auto responder email sent to the survey respondent's email, I have it showing the respondent all of his/her responses. In that email, I am able to view responses for the first 2 pages of my survey, but the data for the last page is garbled (encrypted).

Thank you very much for your help!

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emccleave (October 05, 2015 at 10:09 PM)

Life Saver!!!

dorsetholidaylets (December 01, 2015 at 08:46 AM)

Can you use this facility with the form embedded in our own web page?

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marxmyth (December 28, 2015 at 11:09 PM)

OH please, jotform, simplify this process! It was so easy in Adobe Forms Central. I've written for help and gotten three completely different answers. This should be simple.

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MOGSCHOOLS (January 11, 2016 at 05:02 PM)

Thank you for your response to my initial question. I have followed the steps outlined above for creating multiple pages (page breaks) on my form to facilitate the save and continue...but it does not work when I follow the unique link. People mention a "Save and Quit" or "Save and Continue Later" option. Are these just text edits to the existing "next" button or is there some place where you have to assign the save feature to the "next" button?

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glenpoolps (February 16, 2016 at 06:15 PM)

I've followed the steps you have in your tutorial. The problem I am having is when using the link to return to the form, none of the work is saved, even though it is in my submissions table. I notice in your sample, the user get a url in the thank you of the main form and that url had a sessionID number. How do I get the session ID to pass in a url when the user submits the main form?

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managementofchange (March 13, 2016 at 10:04 AM)


What a lot of instructions.

Can't you build a "save an return" button and have an isntruction of two sentences?

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emucoe (March 17, 2016 at 01:06 PM)

No, no, and no.

From a human interface design standpoint, this is just silly. I want an option of simply adding a "Save" link, and when the user clicks that, a popup window asks for their e-mail address and then e-mails them the link to continue.

It doesn't need to be this complicated.

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nbuckle (April 11, 2016 at 07:35 PM)

Does this method work if your form content utilizes the form tabs widget? My form has the Page/Break controls but they also have the content organized in tabs

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shruthi gautham (May 16, 2016 at 02:21 AM)

I have created two forms ( and it works fine.

My concern is how will we prompt the users to complete the form.Is there way to send an email to the user every time the he pauses. Also as a store owner how will I get know the form is now completely filled and not paused.

Kindly get back to me art the earliest.

Thank you!!

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