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    How to format the layout of the form fields?

    Asked by julianl on May 20, 2015 at 08:44 PM

    Hi all.

    How are we today?

    I am trying to recreate this form made in Adobe Formscentral.


    I want it to be exactly the same except I will be using page breaks for tabs and page collapses for organisation. This is not a problem. The problem is I am injecting alot of custom css to get the job done and it doesn't feel very intuitive at all. On top of that it is taking forever!

    I am not expecting the form to work properly the way I am setting it up. I need 2 text columns before the fillable text area that are aligned with respective headings at the top of each column. I am quite sure there must be a widget that can do this intuitively instead of all of this custom css which I am sure will cause problems once I make the form responsive. Any help would be great

    Below is the link to the form in question


    Thanks :)

    Page URL:

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by Charlie on May 21, 2015 at 12:31 AM


    I just saw that you have imported your forms successfully from Adobe FormsCentral to JotForm with that specific form. Is that correct? Here's the JotForm URL that seems to be similar to the website link you shared above: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/51400148716953.

    The problem I see in the form right now is that the fields are not aligned properly.


    We could help you in formatting the layout of that form. You can try adding custom CSS code or using the Form Designer Tool. We could also help you in formatting that form, just do let us know if that's the form that you will be working at.

    Thank you.

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    Answered by julianl on May 21, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    Thanks Charlie.

    I have found another way to create the form using some css. I have also put PDF links in there. I will remove the question. However I still find it odd there isn't a simple widget to make the form from scratch or for instance have multiple columns for a text field answer. Thanks for getting back.


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    Answered by julianl on May 21, 2015 at 12:52 AM

    Having said that I am learning alot through trial and error and you tech guys at jotform are great :)

    I will work it out.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by Charlie on May 21, 2015 at 01:20 AM

    I'm glad our form builder works for you. We'll always encounter some difficulties and challenges when starting to use a new product or service, but we're always here to try our best to help :)

    For a quick reference, here's a layout of our form builder. You can drag and drop fields and position them accordingly.


    You might be interested in checking our Widgets and Apps page to make your form creation more advance and productive.

    If you are looking on adding multiple entries or a table like effect in your form, you might be interested in checking this category of our widgets: http://widgets.jotform.com/category/multiple_entries. You might also be interested in using the "Matrix" field founder under "Survey Tools" section.

    If you would like to position the fields to have a column like effect, you can check this guide on how to position the fields: http://www.jotform.com/help/90-Form-Field-Positioning.

    I hope this helps. If you needed any assistance again, it would be better to open one question per thread so that we can focus on it.

    Thank you.