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    How to avoid a required field growing in size if it's not filled?

    Asked by JPanthC4 on July 06, 2011 at 06:59 AM

    Here we go again :)


    How to avoid a required field growing in size if it's not filled so that it doesn't mess up with my page?


    Thank you!

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by abajan on July 06, 2011 at 09:06 AM

    Hi again JPanth

    Are you referring to the error message stating "This field is required." pushing the field below it down? If so, the easiest remedy I can come up with is to hide the message by injecting the following CSS rule:

    .form-error-message {
    display: none !important;

    To inject the above CSS, do the following:

    1. Copy the rule to your clipboard

    2. Open a separate browser tab or window, login to your JotForm account, click My Forms, click the form in question and click Edit to load it into the form builder

    3. While on the Setup & Embed tab, click Preferences and then Form Styles

    4. In the Inject Custom CSS section (where it states "Click to edit") paste what you copied

    5. Click Close Settings and save the form

    That should do it. If this is not what you meant, please rephrase the question in some manner.


    ~ Wayne

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    Answered by JPanthC4 on July 06, 2011 at 09:25 AM

    Wow abajan!


    Once again you helped me so much, that is exactly what I need :)


    Thank you!!

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by abajan on July 06, 2011 at 09:59 AM

    And once again, you're welcome :)

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    Answered by Anderson on October 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    HI, everyone!

    Maybe about almost the same subject, now, the error message displays right below each required field that is not filled.

    Is there a way to make the error message to display below all the text inputs and above the submit button instead?

    I mean, only one error message space for the whole form (with dinamic text to change accordingly the field) instead of a error message for each required field.

    Also, error message priors the last required field. So only one field would display the red error line at time.

    Thanks so much,


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    JotForm Support

    Answered by idarktech on October 30, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Hi Anderson,

    Unfortunately those are the intended behavior for required fields error at this time. Let's just hope that maybe some of my colleague's has their workaround for your query.

    Thank you for waiting and have a great day!