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    I don't want progress bar to be printed on paper form

    Asked by nkasic on January 07, 2014 at 04:18 PM


    I want my users to print out and sign forms that they will fill and submit on-line.
    The form is long, has several pages and therefore it has progress bar on the top.
    The demo is here: http://www.jotform.com//?formID=40011544513843
    While progress bar has it's purpose on screen, there's no point of it being printed on the paper.
    Is there any way to hide it when printing the form?

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    Answered by jedcadorna on January 07, 2014 at 06:08 PM


    Thank you for contacting us. What you can do is to add a pdf link of the filled out form in your thank you page. Please follow the steps below.

    1. Go to Setup & Embed > Thank You > Thank You Message > Next

    2. Add the Pdf link first

    3. Make a sample submission then get the pdf URL. You have to remove the sid=XXXXXXX and replace it with {id}

    4. Copy the pdf link and make it a hyper link. This will look something like this: 


    Here is a sample form: https://secure.jotformpro.com/form/40066884914966

    Let us know if you have other questions implementing this. Thanks,

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    Answered by nkasic on January 08, 2014 at 09:11 AM

    Hi jedcadorna,
    I did what you suggested (form is here: http://form.jotform.co/form/40011544513843), but the form looks nowhere near what's on the screen. No radio buttons, no check boxes, no different font sizes, everything is converted in two columns text. On the left field's label, and on the right field's value.
    I prefer to preserve the look of the screen form so I can have control over fonts, logo etc. as it must follow some company standards.
    Is there any way to customize pdf form outlay? 

    BTW, it seems that this question is accidentally marked as private. You can make it public.

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    Answered by jedcadorna on January 08, 2014 at 11:23 AM


    Unfortunately the progress bar can't be hidden once you enabled it. There is no action that allow the print function to hide certain fields. I guess if you want to hide the progress bar then disabling it will be the option. The print function on the form is the closest HTML printable form view that Jotform has. I was looking for other ways to do it but no luck.  I will try to look for other ways and will let you know if I find one. Thanks,

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    Answered by nkasic on January 09, 2014 at 09:36 AM

    Hi jedcadorna,

    Is it possible to change the look of pdf file you suggested?
    I would like the printed form (pdf or other format) to contain Unique ID or submission ID, so the only way is to print it after submission. This is closely related to what I wanted to achieve and what's described in this thread: http://www.jotform.com/answers/313548-How-can-I-disable-submitting-form-without-printing-it-first#11 

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    Answered by jedcadorna on January 09, 2014 at 09:54 AM

    Unfortunately modifying the looks of the pdf is not possible. Will removing the progress bar not possible as that is the closest solution that I can think of. I'm not sure if my colleagues has a better way of doing this. The flexibility of the functions needed to achieve what you want is limited and I'm sorry to say that. We can probably make a suggestion to our developer team to have this added to their future updates but that is still not 100% sure that can be implemented.