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    Option to Send User {duplicate_submission} link

    Asked by wendyw on September 01, 2015 at 04:14 PM


    This is exactly what I'm looking to do, but I'm having a hard time doing it in the updated version of jotform. I would like the user to be able to have the option of cloning a previous submission so the reply you sent December 25 at 11:02 AM seems to be applicable. However, this is how I see it on my end:

    Can you please walk me through the steps?




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    Answered by Ben on September 01, 2015 at 04:18 PM

    Can you please tell us Wendy what is the form that you are trying to set this up on as well as which steps did you try to follow?

    The first one with URL-prepopulating or the second one with history back js code?

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    Answered by Shadae on September 01, 2015 at 09:18 PM

    Hi Wendy,

    Please see the steps below.

    If you would like your users to be provided with a link to the form that allows them to have the same information from a previous submission injected, you would need to use the URL-prepopulation


    You can also use the PrePopulate Fields app to assist you with creating the link. You would then edit the link to include the field properties.

    You would then add that link to your Thank You page.

    Set up your Thank You page as desired.

    Select the words that you want to take them back to a new submission, with the same data already present and click on Add link in the toolbar

    Please inform us if you need further assistance.

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    Answered by wendyw on September 02, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    That is actually not what I am trying to do. It would be too difficult to prepopulate with all the fields we have in our form. Our staff uses this form often with different criteria, but there are times when the submission needs to be cloned changing only a few items. Those items are discretionary though so it doesn't make sense to prepopulate specific fields, rather clone the exact submission giving them the option what to change. As mentioned above, this is what I would like to do however jotform looks like it has gone through some changes since this was resolved:

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    Answered by wendyw on September 02, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    They also need to be able to choose which previous submission to clone because not all submission will have the same information. Can the prepopulator be specific to each submission? Is the user able to choose which submission to prepopulate?

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    Answered by david on September 02, 2015 at 02:02 PM

    The workarounds that are presented will only allow the user to enter data again immediately after completing the form.  If you are looking to allow users to return to the form, select a submission, then have that data populated into the new form automatically, this is not possible at this time.  This would require the forms to be able to query your submission data directly, which they are not capable of.

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    Answered by wendyw on September 02, 2015 at 02:39 PM

    Is there an opportunity to make this a feature? I like that we can include an "edit link" in the autoresponder. It would be just as useful to have a "clone link" as well. Or to at least resubmit a former submission as a NEW submission rather than EDIT over the existing one. 

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    Answered by Shadae on September 02, 2015 at 04:02 PM

    Hi wendyw,

    Have you considered using the AutoFill feature?

    If the user is completing the form on the same computer and using the same browser, the previous information entered would automatically be loaded whenever they load the form once again.

    Would this be a suitable option for you?

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    Answered by wendyw on September 02, 2015 at 04:23 PM

    No, because there are too many submissions per user that they would need to choose which previous submission to duplicate. 

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    Answered by Shadae on September 02, 2015 at 05:52 PM

    Hi wendyw,

    Thank you for that information. As requested, I have sent to request to our developers to give the option to add a duplicate submission link that can be added to the Thank You page or send by email like the edit link.

    Please note that we are not able to provide an ETA if this is implemented. However any update on this issue will be posted on this thread.

    Thank you