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    Multiple choice selection from common source across forms

    Asked by TortolaExpress on January 06, 2015 at 08:59 AM



    I have multiple forms for my employees to fill out each day.  on the form I make them write their email address so they get a confirmation of the form they have submitted.  However, I'd like them to be able to pick from a dropdown list.  I can do this for each form, but I was hoping to make and manage the list in one place to affect multiple forms when updating (to avoid having to add and remove email addresses to so many forms every time we have a change.  


    Is something like this possible?

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    Answered by seanmccthy on January 06, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Hello TortolaExpress 

    Thank you for asking for some assistance. I will be more than happy to help. I believe there is a way for you to get this done. I would recommend developing a simple form with a drop down list with each of your employee's name and another drop down list with the different types of forms you have available. When the employee selects their name and the form type, their email address would be populated in a field and then forwarded to the selected form. This simple form would have all the employee email addresses and links for your other forms therefore making it a lot easier to manage.

    Take a look at this sample form I have created to demonstrate what I am saying.

    Link: http://form.jotform.co/form/50053548943861

    Feel free to clone the form above and make further changes. Please follow this guide below. It will outline all that you need to do to accomplish what I have done.

    Setting Up Form Selection (Simple Entry Form)

    Add all the fields that you would like to be on the Form Selection - Form. As you can see above I added 4:

    1: Drop Down List: Employee's Name - Required Field

    2: Drop Down List: Form Selections - Required Field

    3: Text Field: Email Address - Read Only Field

    4: Next Button 

    NB: Ensure that the Employee's Name and Form Selection drop down menus are both required fields so that the form user would have to ensure selections are made to move on. To make a field required, click on the field and select the Required option in your toolbar.

    I made the email field Read Only so that the employee would not have the privilege to change it without you knowing. Please look at the screen shot below to know how to get this done. This is an optional step.


    Click on the Email Address field -> click on the Preference icon -> click on Show Properties -> change the Read Only option from No to Yes

    Now that you have all the fields that you need for the form, all you would have to do is populate both drop down menus with all the values that you need.

    Setting Up Conditional Logic

    We are going to set up multiple conditional logic statements to populate the Email Address field with the corresponding employee's name selected from the Employee Name drop down list.

    After selecting the Condition icon from your taskbar, we will now select the option that says Update a Form Value and click Next

    You will now fill out the form as shown below.


    1: Select the Employee's Name field.

    2: Select the appropriate condition - "Is Equal To" is the best one in this situation.

    3: Select a value from the Employee's Name field - "Steve Test1" was my selection

    4: Enter the email address for that employee in the text field.

    5: Select the field you would like the email address to be placed in - Email Address was my selection

    6: Save the form.

    NB: Repeat this process for all the other employees that you have.

    Next step is now transferring the Email Address from Form Selection - Form to the Heavy Machinery Form

    Again, we will have to use conditional logic so access the Conditional Logic menu like shown above and select the option that says "Change Thank You URL after submission" and click Next.

    You will fill out the form as shown below.

    #1: Select the field with the drop down list with all the forms that you have.

    #2: Select the appropriate condition - "Is Equal To" is the best one in this situation.

    #3: Select a value from the field - "Heavy Machinery Repairs" was my selection

    #4: I entered the URL for the Heavy Machinery Repairs form and all the information to pass the email address to that form. Please note the URL below.

    URL: http://form.jotform.co/form/50053947114854?employeesEmail={empEmail}

    Heavy Machinery Form Link: http://form.jotform.co/form/50053947114854?

    A: Name of the email field on Heavy Machinery Repairs form: employeesEmail=

    B: Name of the email field on my Form Selection Form: {empEmail}

    I opened the Heavy Machinery Repairs form and I obtained the name of the email field on that form by following the instructions below.

    Click on the Email field -> click the Preference Icon -> click on Show Properties -> copy the name of the field (without curly brackets - employeesEmail). Perform the same step to obtain the name of the Email Address field in Form Selection - Form but this time you will copy the curly brackets (eg. {empEmail}).

    Now, you will put all of this together to get: 


    An equal sign (=) should be used to separate the names of the two fields. The name of the email field on the Heavy Machinery Form should come first and the Form Selection email field name should come after.

    You should now repeat this process for all the other forms that you have listed in your drop down  menu.

    I hope this helps. Feel free to ask questions if further assistance is need.





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    Answered by TortolaExpress on January 07, 2015 at 05:47 PM

    Thanks a million for the lengthy explanation!  This looks good.

    What if I want to pass the name AND the email to the next form?  What is the redirect syntax?


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    Answered by Shadae on January 07, 2015 at 07:06 PM

    Hi TortolaExpress,

    The same concept would be applied.

    You would get the form field name for the name field, in the first form.

    We will let the name generate in the first sample field in the second form. You would grab the name of that form field as well

    As such the parameters for the name field would look like: sampleField={employeesName}

    You would place an "&" sign between each set of parameters in the full URL. The full URL would like this: http://www.jotform.com/form/50066968866976?employeesEmail={empEmail}&sampleField={employeesName} 


    You can view my sample form with the changes to pass both the email address and the name to the second form here: http://www.jotform.com/form/50066898471970

    I hope this helps, please inform us if you need further assistance.

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    Answered by TortolaExpress on January 08, 2015 at 06:55 AM

    cool, thanks.  The "&" was what I was missing. Got it now.  As always, brilliant support!

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    Answered by KadeJM on January 08, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Glad to hear that fixed it and thank you for the comment.

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    Answered by TortolaExpress on January 08, 2015 at 04:27 PM

    What if I want to create a link to the FORM SELECT form, to already have a form selected.  For eg, I want to link to the FORM SELECT form with one of the forms already selected. Is that possible?  I tried this but it did not work:



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    Answered by Mike on January 08, 2015 at 05:47 PM

    It appears that you have found the correct solution based on conditional redirects to different forms. I think that your solution is completely fine.

    Thank you.

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    Answered by TortolaExpress on January 09, 2015 at 06:55 AM

    Yes, I have found how to pre-fill a form on the URL redirect FROM the FORM SELECTION form.

    However, I want to make a link TO to the FORM SELECTION that already has a form pre-filled.

    I already have links to various forms on another site.  I'd like that when I link to that form from the other site, the FORM SELECTION form is already pre-filled with the form in question.  

    For EG, if I link to the form ACCOUNT CREDIT Iwant to link first to the FORM SELECTION form and have the field {form} pre-filled with ACCOUNT CREDIT.

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    Answered by KadeJM on January 09, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    If you're looking to "prefill" the forms then that would be the only way.

    However, if you wanted to use the FORM SELECTION to carry the information over to be used in the same manner on the next form the which is used then this is actually called prepopulation.

    Please see http://www.jotform.com/help/71-Prepopulating-fields-to-your-JotForm-via-URL-parameters. I am thinking that this may be what you are possibly looking for?

    Please let us know if that might interest you. 


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    Answered by TortolaExpress on January 20, 2015 at 10:38 AM
    Thank you so much for taking the time to explain this. Sounds like a great
    way to set things up and create a form menu at the same time. I will work
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    Answered by KadeJM on January 20, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    It sounds like your issue is resolved, but do let us know if you continue to have any further problems in regards to this matter.