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

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    How do I add a WYSIWYG text field?

    Asked by biznav1 on August 08, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    I would like to add a field to my form that allows simple html formatting of text.  Just like the field I am typing in now.  Probably easy, but I just can't seem to figure it out!

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    JotForm Founder

    Answered by aytekin on August 09, 2010 at 05:08 AM

    Unfortunately, there is no such feature on JotForm. I added this to our feature requests list. So, we will see if we can implement this.

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    Answered by starcomcsl on August 29, 2011 at 01:14 PM

    Is WYSIWYG text area not available yet?

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    Answered by allanftd on August 29, 2011 at 03:04 PM

    Hi starcomcsl,

    Thanks for following up. Yes, it is now available in JotForm! You can now insert WYSIWIG text areas within your form using the Free Text (HTML) Field. Basic HTML tags for formatting and inserting content like images are allowed. Some tags that are not allowed are <script> and <iframe> tags for security purposes.

    You can find the Free Text (HTML) field under Power Tools menu as shown below:

    Please let us know if you need further assistance. Thank you for using JotForm!


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    Answered by tazboy on October 30, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    The Free Text (HTML) box is not WYSIWYG. I put in three spaces before a sentence and it only puts in one. I put in a blank line between two lines of text and I press the complete button and it just pushes all the lines together. This is so frustrating. Could you please add an actual WYSIWYG editor. It would also be nice if there were bullets or lists available.

    I can't believe I spent 40 minutes trying to get Free Text to have the correct spacing, and it still doesn't work. Even creating this paragraph automatically created a blank line. Sure it makes it look nice to you guys, but maybe I don't want an extra blank line. I'm just sitting here shaking my head. 

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    Answered by allanftd on October 31, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Hi tazboy,

    Are you in the HTML mode of the Free Text (HTML) field? Go there by clicking the HTML icon  at the lower right corner of the field.

    Please let us know how this works out for you. Please let us know if you need further assistance.
    Thank you for using JotForm!

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    Answered by tazboy on October 31, 2011 at 06:50 AM

    I've tried it in both modes. It doesn't work in either of them.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by idarktech on October 31, 2011 at 07:17 AM

    Hi Tazboy,

    Switching to HTML Mode is different from the default one, you have to use HTML codes in order your sentence format to work. Have you tried using &nbsp; (blank space html code) and <br> (New Line HTML Code) in your sentence? If so, please try using that code and update us how its going with your form. Thank you for your patience and have a great day!

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    Answered by tazboy on October 31, 2011 at 07:33 AM

    I was afraid you were going to suggest that. Why should I have to work for the technology? Shouldn't the technology be working for me? You don't have to answer this. Your product is the only product I've used that makes me use these "behind the scenes" code. It's just not going to happen.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by idarktech on October 31, 2011 at 08:19 AM


    Sorry about that, we understand your part. To be honest that is the only workaround I could share, switching HTML Mode is another way of customizing your styles which is more effective than the Visual One. We can't force you to use every workaround we have, infact we are very thankful to those who share there ideas and comments about JotForm.

    Again, sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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    Answered by jms2k on December 20, 2011 at 12:24 PM


    Your problem has to do with how HTML works, not how jotForms works.  You need to have the non-breaking spaces to have multiple spaces.  You can also use Shift+Space to insert a non-breaking space.

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    Answered by hitarthtech on August 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    wysiwyg field does not appear on the form. I tried 3-4 times. no success. In preview also it des not show.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by idarktech on August 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM


    Please open a new thread for your question. We can assist you better if you have a fresh thread for your issue.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

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    Chief Technology Officer

    Answered by eee on May 06, 2013 at 08:35 AM


    We have released Rich "WYSIWYG" Editor for text-area field. You can enable it under Text area field's properties toolbar or Text Area field's Properties.

    Kindest Regards,