What is JotForm?
JotForm is a free online form builder which helps you create online forms without writing a single line of code. No sign-up required.

At JotForm, we want to make sure that you’re getting the online form builder help that you need. Our friendly customer support team is available 24/7.

We believe that if one user has a question, there could be more users who may have the same question. This is why many of our support forum threads are public and available to be searched and viewed. If you’d like help immediately, feel free to search for a similar question, or submit your question or concern.

  • Profile Image

    Auto Filler in short field labels (feature request)

    Asked by NRCsupport on March 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    If a field has a very short label (e.g. "gender") it tends to be a long way from the actual field, and it is not always easy to spot what  the label belongs to. Would it be possible to have an optional facility to insert filler characters (maybe dots or dashes) to fill the area between the end of the actual label and the limit of the area allowed for the label?

    I know this could be done manually, but it is tedious trying to get it just right.

  • Profile Image
    JotForm Support Manager

    Answered by Jeanette on March 13, 2014 at 02:38 PM

    To make the label closer, you can use the Shrink feature.  Just go to properties (gear icon) and find the option


    I hope this helps


  • Profile Image

    Answered by NRCsupport on March 13, 2014 at 03:22 PM

    Thanks. Sorry, but that is not what I want.

    I have several fields neatly arranged so that the labels line up with eachother, and the input fields line up with eachother. But some of the fields have short labels which are therfore quite widely spaced from the input field. I don't want to move those input fields nearer to the labels, I want to pad the short labels with dots or dashes so that they finish nearer to the input field. I have tried inserting dots manually, which does work, but has two drawbacks.

    (a) It is fiddly and time consuming. You have to keep going into preview to see if the line is long enough and not too long.

    (b) If it is a required field, the asterisk marker appears at the end of the row of dots instead of just after the actual label.

  • Profile Image
    JotForm Support

    Answered by Mike_T on March 13, 2014 at 06:49 PM

    Thank you for provided details, it makes sense. We have attached a feature request ticket to this thread and escalated it to our Dev Team.

    This thread will be updated once we have any news.

  • Profile Image
    JotForm Founder

    Answered by aytekin on March 14, 2014 at 05:07 AM

    Maybe you should use the Top Alignment for form labels. Here is what it looks like:

  • Profile Image

    Answered by NRCsupport on March 14, 2014 at 07:25 AM

    Thanks, yes, that would be a possibility. But I want to keep the pages as short as possible to avoid or reduce having to scroll when filling in the form. So in general I prefer the label to be in line with the field. With the help of this forum I now make labels have variable width, depending on their content, but that is not always ideal either. If there is a column of several consecutive fields with labels of varying lengths, I want the space containing the labels all to be as long as is needed for the longest one so that the input fields are all aligned with eachother. But then very short labels get to be a long way from their associated input fields, and this is where my filler request comes in.

    I have used top aligned labels in one ot two places, such as with the three fields which I use to get the client's name. These are all in one line, like your full name in the example above.

  • Profile Image
    JotForm Support

    Answered by ashwin_d on March 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Hello NRCsupport,

    I am not sure if the following solution fits in your requirement, how about aligning your question labels towards right? I believe that can be one of the possibility. Please check the screenshot below:

    Thank you!

  • Profile Image
    JotForm Support Manager

    Answered by Jeanette on March 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Yeah, you probably need a filler to get something like this:



    If our developers find it feasible, they'll implement it sooner or later

  • Profile Image

    Answered by NRCsupport on March 14, 2014 at 06:24 PM

    Thanks Ashwin_d and Jeanette

    I had not realised that right hand label alignment means right justified but still to the left of the field. I've had a look now, and it does not really meet my requirement. On the page where this facility would really help me, several of the labels are long and spread over two or three lines. These labels look very peculiar when right justified. For the moment I'll stick to left alignment and insert a filler manually where needed.

    Jeanette's reply shows what I would like. Although unless there are other fields in the same column with longer labels, I would make all the labels shorter, and the filler would be less necessary.

  • Profile Image
    JotForm Support Manager

    Answered by Jeanette on March 14, 2014 at 06:27 PM

    If we find there is an increasing number of people requesting this feature, then our developers might consider to implement a filler. For now this is not possible, and you'll have to use the workaround you came up with.

    Best regards!

  • Profile Image

    Answered by NRCsupport on March 14, 2014 at 08:52 PM

    OK, understood. I can live with the situation.

    Thanks for your help.