Can forms be saved in draft format so they can be brought back and revised?

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    Bill Dring
    Asked on January 03, 2014 at 07:14 PM

    We are using jotform for an application for our scholarship program for high school students.  We want to encourage them to start with a draft which they would ten refine and/or discuss with a teacher or parent.  The only way I can find for them to do this is to fill out a preliminary form, print it, mark revisions and then start new with the final version.

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    Answered on January 03, 2014 at 08:12 PM


    Have a look at this:

    Once you have done the steps in the link above just add a note at the top of your form to let your users know the form is autosaved in the background and they can leave and come back to it at anytime


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    Answered on January 04, 2014 at 03:07 AM

    Hello Bill,

    There are actually multiple options available to achieve your requirement:

    1. Enable Auto fill in your form's preferences. Here is a guide which should help you: Please be informed that this option uses your browser to store the input data.

    2. We also have an alternative method but it is not widely used anymore. Please take a look at the following guide :

    3. Adding Edit link in your form's auto responder email. When user submits the form they will receive an email which will have a edit link of your form. Clicking on this link will allow your user to update the previous submission data. This guide should help you:

    Hope this helps.

    Do get back to us if you have any questions.

    Thank you!

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    Answered on January 04, 2014 at 07:36 PM
    New response receivedThanks for quick response but I am having trouble. We tell the students to use this link to bring up our form:
    When I bring up the form this way, I don't see anything which says "Setup and Embed."
    Please help (you guys are terrific!)
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    Answered on January 04, 2014 at 09:27 PM

    To bring up the option Setup & Embed, you must be logged in to your Jotform account and open the needed form on the Form Editor, like so:

    Select the form on the Form Page and then click on the Edit Form option


    Once on the Form Editor, you can find the Setup and Embed option on the top toolbar:


    If you need further assistance, do let us know. Thank you.

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    Answered on January 05, 2014 at 02:13 PM
    New response receivedThe method proposed by Cesar would work fine for me but not for the students applicants filling out the form - I would not want them to be "logged into my Jotform account" because they could then change the form.
    (A screen save of Cesar's message is attached).
    Any other method to save a form in progress?
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    Answered on January 05, 2014 at 06:59 PM

    Hi Bill,

    We apologize for the confusion. Our colleague Cesar's suggestion does not meant the form user to be logged in to your Jotform account.

    From what I have understand from back reading so far, the most nearest method to your requirement is the {edit_link} option.

    Please refer to this guide -How-to-Let-Users-Update-Their-Form-Submissions-at-a-Later-Date

    The important component of this method is the e-mail, as the users(your student) will use the edit link provided in the e-mail message to come back  and revised/edit the form answers again and again anytime, without logging in using your account.

    Hope this is clearer. Inform us if further assistance is needed.