How can I create a partially pre-filled jotform

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    Asked on January 04, 2017 at 08:19 PM

    and then send it to the "signer," whose job it would be to add just the remaining information, then sign it?

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    Answered on January 05, 2017 at 01:58 AM


    As I have understood you have wanted to create a form with an approval process. You can do it in JotForm. I have cloned your form to my side in order to show you.

    Here are the steps you should follow:

    1. You should have 2 sections to your form. One will be filled by user and the other section will be filled by the "signer" (Admin) who will approve.

    2. Add a form collapse in your form be filled by admin(signer).

    3. Add a text box in your form to ask users for a pass/access key and based on that only the second section of your form will be displayed (please do not use the word password in the textbox question label). Check the example screenshot below:

    4. Add a condition in your form to show/hide the form collapse if the value of the access key matches. The following guide should help you add conditions:

    5. Add one notification email alert and one auto-responder in your form. One to be sent to the admin users to complete the rest of the form and the other one to be sent to the user. Following guides should help you:

    Add auto-responder:

    Add notification:

    6. In the notification email alert, you should add a {edit_link} which will allow your admin user to be able to edit and complete the rest of the form. Please check the screenshot below on how to add the {edit_link}: 

    7. Add a condition in your from to check if the first section of your form is filled then send the submission notification email to the admin user email address.

    9. Add another condition in your form to see if the second section of the form is filled, then only send the auto-responder emails. Once admin user submits the form the auto-responder email will be sent to the user. The following guide should help you on how to send conditional emails:


    Also, please check the cloned version of your form on my side:

    The access keyword for approval process is "mytest1".


    Hope this helps.

    Do get back to us if you have any questions.

    Thank you!


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    Answered on January 05, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Thank you so much for your helpful and thorough response.
    I'm wondering if there might be a more streamlined way to do this, since
    the registration form I'm preparing for guests doesn't really involve an
    approval process or step, simply, I want to prefill their address,
    telephone number, room assignment, and visit dates for them, so that they
    are only required to fill in the information I do not already have, then
    sign the form (required by our town).
    Is there a way to do this, such that I can email a guest a partially filled
    form in advance of their visit (if they wish to "pre-register") or pull up
    a partially filled form (which I would have prepared in advance) in my own
    office, on a laptop, when the guest arrives to check-in?
    The trick here is that multiple guests will arrive on the same day, of
    course, so I will need to prepare a number of forms each morning, all
    using the same template, but with different guest/address information.
    Thank you!

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    Answered on January 05, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Yes, that's possible.

    You can pre-fill forms through URL parameters.

    You can use this app so you don't have to check field names in the source.


    Just fill in the form in this app and generate the prepopulate URL. Then share that URL to your user so whenever they open it, the data are prepopulated to the form.

    If you have further questions or if you need further assistance, let us know.

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    Answered on February 23, 2017 at 01:46 PM



    I've been successfully using since January 5th and have been thrilled with the results.  Thank you. :)


    Yesterday, I found the prepopulate feature no longer worked.  When I click on Choose Form and then select my form, I just return to the homepage, instead of being directed to my form with "create URL" button. I thought I'd  wait a day in case this was simply a temporary bug related to software engineering in progress, but I'm having the same problem today so determined it might be a good idea to drop you a line.


    Please advise.


    Thank you so much,


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    Answered on February 23, 2017 at 03:16 PM

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    Answered on February 23, 2017 at 03:46 PM
    Hi Kiran,
    I just edited my previous message. Thank you!
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    Answered on February 23, 2017 at 05:01 PM

    Thank you for letting us know about the issue with Prepopulate app. Since this issue is not related to this thread, I have moved it to a separate thread and shall be addressed there shortly. Please follow the link below:

    Thank you!