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    How can I change a question type?

    Asked by puretaxation on June 13, 2013 at 06:52 AM

    I created a question as a radio box but now need to change it to a check box. Can I do this?

    check switch field type change radio buttons change check boxes
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    Answered by khrisell on June 13, 2013 at 07:02 AM

    Yes you can, after editing the form field re-embed the code again to be able to see the changes on your site or from wherever you put your form.

    Feel free to let us know if you need further assistance on this. 

    Thank you for using JotForm.                                                      

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by abajan on June 13, 2013 at 07:23 AM

    Just to add my "two cents worth", if you're wondering if a field's type can be changed without deleting it and replacing it with the one you want, that's not currently possible. For instance, in the case of your radio button field, there's no "Switch Field Type" feature available in its list of properties:


    Also, please bear in mind that if a field is deleted, all answers which were sent via that field will be lost. So, download the form's current submissions before replacing that field. (The form builder would normally warn you about this but I still thought you should know.)

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by abajan on June 13, 2013 at 07:26 AM

    Of course, that's a typo in the screenshot: properties, not properies!

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    Answered by puretaxation on June 13, 2013 at 07:35 AM

    Thanks abajan! That is what I was trying to do unfortunately...

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by abajan on June 13, 2013 at 08:54 AM

    Hi again

    I just experimented with a form to see if radio button fields could be switched to check box fields and vice versa when the form's full source is embedded in a web page.

    This is demonstrated at the following links. The first link is the form at its own address while the second is the form embedded in in a web page. Notice how the radio buttons have been changed into check boxes and vice versa:

    The form at its own URL

    The embedded version

    To accomnplish this, this block of code was changed to this. Notice how in what was formerly the radio button field, each instance of radio has been changed to checkbox and also how each name attribute in that field has been appended with square brackets. Conversely, for the check box field, each instance of checkbox has been replaced with radio and the brackets removed from the end each name attribute.

    I realize that that last paragraph could be a bit confusing. So, if you need us to further explain anything, we'd be happy to do so.

    Anyway, if you complete and submit the embedded form, entering your email and selecting multiple check boxes, you'll see that the autoresponse shows which boxes were selected.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by abajan on June 13, 2013 at 08:59 AM

    Sorry, I got the links to the code snippets mixed up. This block of code was switched to this.

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    Answered by puretaxation on June 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Many thanks!