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    in the drop down box how do I create an Other option to allow a person to type in additional text

    Asked by socialmediajt on March 03, 2012 at 09:04 PM
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    Answered by Goldo on March 03, 2012 at 09:28 PM


    There is no option for end users to add entries to dropdown selectors. As an alternative, you can use a radio button, as you would be able to include a text box where users could type their own entries.

    Pretty sure JotForm will add 'Allow Other' option on dropdowns pretty soon.

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    Answered by cphca on September 06, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    There is a way to do what you want. 

    After creating new drop-down field, make ‘other’ entry as a last choice. Create another, blank ‘Text box’ field and call it whatever you want. For this example I’ll call it ‘Other’. Go to ‘Set-Up & Embed’ and select ‘Conditions’. Select ‘Show / Hide a form field’ click Next.

    Now create a condition (see example http://www.jotformpro.com/form/22490977052963):

    If ‘drop-down’ field ‘Not equals to’ ‘Other’
    Then ‘Hide’   ‘Other’  Field

    So, as the form loads, the ‘Other’ field will be hidden. If user selects ‘Other’ from a drop-down, the field will be shown. This can be done for more than one drop-down filed or for various options in the same field. Limited by your imagination, only!

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    Answered by jonathan on September 06, 2012 at 02:35 AM


    Thank you for the tip.
    Your suggestion do work. And using the -Conditional-Logic-on-Forms can make this very viable.