Check Box or Radio Button Items be Alphabetized in Columns instead of Rows?

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    Asked on February 16, 2011 at 05:35 PM

    Can the checkbox be alphabetized vertically instead of horizontally? Another constant client request... ugh. But guess I have to agree with them.

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    Answered on February 18, 2011 at 07:45 AM

    Yes, select the checkbox question and then click on Spread Columns on the toolbar.

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    Answered on September 27, 2011 at 07:46 PM

    I havent found an option to chane the list to vertical and it seams the default is horizontal. Is there a way to change it?

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    Answered on September 27, 2011 at 08:14 PM

    Hi colt45on,


    Of course you can list your checkbox vertical. Please follow these steps :

    1. Go to ''My Forms'' to edit your existing form or to create a new form if you are doing it for the first time

    2. Click on ''Check Box'' under ''Form Tools''

    3. Click on ''Spread Columns'' on the toolbar.

    And you have your checkbox vertical. You can even rename the boxes with a simple right click on checkbox field and select ''Show Properties'' from the list.


    I hope that you find this information useful.


    Kindest Regards

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    Answered on September 28, 2011 at 02:42 PM

    I apologize I am not communicating my question very well.

    I have a list similar to this:  A Item, B Item, C Item, D Item

    The list shows vertically, but when it becomes relatively long I would like to make it multiple columns.  So I click Spread Columns and it reorganizes.  My problem is that it reorganizes so that it Alphabetizes horizontally instead of vertically.

    ie: A Item B Item C Item D Item

    E Item F Item G Item H Item

    Instead of:

    A Item C Item E Item G Item

    B Item D Item F Item H Item

    Which is what I want.


    Any suggestions?

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    Answered on September 29, 2011 at 07:37 AM

    Hi Greg and colt45on

    Unfortunately, there's currently no option in the form builder to arrange check boxes like that but perhaps we ought to consider adding it.

    Besides embedding the source of the form into a page of your own and editing it, here's the best workaround I can presently come up with:

    1. Open a new spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel or some other similar application and list all of the items you wish to include in the check box (or radio button) field and then sort them alphabetically in ascending order

    2. Load the form into which you wish to include the check box field and insert it

    3. Taking into account the number of items, their length and the width of the form, enter into the Spread Columns box the number of columns required (in this example we'll use 3 columns) and click OK

    4. Click the Options button

    5. Select all of the content in the Options window and copy it:

    6. Click the mouse to position the prompt (insertion point) after "Option 3":

    7. Hit Return [Enter] to send the prompt to the next line (in effect, creating a new line)

    8. Do the following:

    9. Reduce the width of the browser enough to see the list in the spreadsheet. Ideally, the two windows should be positioned next to each other, so that the items in the spreadsheet can be easily copied to the form builder's Options window

    10. Do the following:

    11. After replacing the last instance of "Option 1" (with "India" in this example) replace all instances of "Option 2" in like manner:

    12. Repeat the process for all instances of "Option 3", click OK and save the form

    That's it! Here is the completed form in the example above. Unfortunately, the selections made by the user will not be listed in alphabetical order in the notification:

    The same will obtain for the submission records of the form:

    Should you need further assistance with this or anything else related to your forms, please let us know. Our team is always willing to help users get the most out of their forms.


    ~ Wayne

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    Answered on September 29, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Thanks!  I appreciate your willingness to find a functioning work around.

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    Answered on September 29, 2011 at 08:37 PM

    Glad to be of assistance, colt45on.

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    Answered on May 04, 2012 at 05:29 PM

    I don't know if this was considered as a feature request, but I would also love to have the option of choosing between horizontal or vertical ordering for multi-column questions. Manually rearranging my list is what I am doing now, but it is troublesome. Doing it once is okay I guess, but when I later decided I really need to change from two columns to three columns I have to start all over again. I would like to see this as an option.

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    Answered on May 04, 2012 at 06:27 PM


    I have created a feature request ticket and forwarded it to our Development Team.

    We will update this thread if we get any additional information.

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    Answered on January 03, 2013 at 08:49 PM

    Hello, I'd also like this feature added. Thanks!

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    Answered on January 03, 2013 at 09:35 PM


    Please open a new thread so we can also add your request into a ticket in order to change the priority