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    Passing large amounts of data from one form to another

    Asked by aspirebrokers on March 30, 2016 at 09:09 PM


    I have a text area and would like to pass this info to another from.  The trouble is that if a person enters a lot of text then the resulting URL gets cut off and the data doesn't end up on the next form.  Is there another way of passing the info through?



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    Answered by Welvin on March 31, 2016 at 02:26 AM

    It's only through Prepopulation Method and it's true that the data will get cut off if the URL is too long enough that the browser can't support. It's the Data URI Limit which is 32kb or 65000 characters in some major browsers.

    I think a workaround now would be to pass a reference number from one form to another. This way, you can look up the data in the first form using the reference. 

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    Answered by aspirebrokers on March 31, 2016 at 02:38 AM

    OK great.  How do I use this reference number?

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    Answered by Welvin on March 31, 2016 at 04:05 AM

    You can use our Unique ID widget for this. Here's our guide: https://www.jotform.com/help/79-Add-Custom-Unique-IDs-to-your-Form-Submissions.

    You can pass the unique ID widget data to a textbox field in the second form. It's up to you to hide the textbox or show it to the users. You can set it to read-only if you wish to show it but uneditable.

    Read Only option is in the field properties:

    Let us know if you need further help with this workaround.


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    Answered by aspirebrokers on April 02, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    OK great.  So how do I actually reference the data from the previous sheet using this number?

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    Answered by Welvin on April 03, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    When I say lookup, I meant to say that you have to manually do it in the first form. Once you have the reference number (unique ID) in the second form and if you need the information from the text area, you have to access the first form and search for the information using the reference number. I'm sorry for not clarifying this to you, but I hope it's clear now.