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    Is it possible to make drop down values (options) from filled text box values.

    Asked by fortunagpssteven on November 08, 2016 at 03:04 AM


    Is it possible to make drop down values (options) from filled text box values.

    I find many solutions for the way around. (to fill a text field)

    But i would like to use a prefil url jotform. Hide the text fields. And let the user choice in a drop down a value.


    Is this, or something similar to this, possible?





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    Answered by Boris on November 08, 2016 at 06:20 AM

    I'm afraid that values of a Drop Down field cannot be dynamically created.

    Options of a Drop Down field must exist in advance, and only then can they be selected/prepopulated.

    Contrary to that, you can enter any random value in a Text Box field.

    That is why you see values being forwarded from a Drop Down field to a Text Box field, because we can always pass existing information to a field that will accept it as a value.

    We cannot do the same in the other direction, because a Drop Down field can only accept a value that exactly matches one of its available (pre-existing) options.

    This means that you can only pass a value from a Text Box field into a Drop Down field if a Drop Down field already has that as an option. Please see the following example demo form for a better understanding of what value can be passed from a Text Box field to a Drop Down:


    Please let us know if you need further clarifications.