How to Add and Organize Columns in Jotform Tables

December 4, 2021

Jotform Tables allows you to add new columns whenever you need to. When adding new columns, you can choose from a number of column types, including basic elements from your form, such as Short Text, Long Text, Single Choice, Multiple Choice, Email Address, etc.

Organize columns as you see fit. Sort data alphabetically, numerically, and based on a specific answer selection. You can reorder columns and expand the name field to display both the first and last name columns. You can even duplicate a column with or without the corresponding entries.

Adding a New Column​

  1. If you want the new column to be the last in Jotform Tables, click the Add button at the top right corner of the table.
  1. You can also add a column to the far right side of the table by clicking the Columns button just above the table and then clicking the Add a new column option.
  1. If you want this new column to be added to the right or left of a specific column, expand the column settings by clicking the arrow icon beside the column title. Next, click Insert column left or Insert column right:
  1. Here, you can see three tabs: Basic, Formula, and Connection. Let’s choose Single Selection from the Basic tab. Click the Next button to proceed to the next step.
  1. Enter the column name and click the Next button.
  1. Enter your options (you can edit them later) and click the Create Column button.

Column Preferences

To change your column preferences, click the arrow icon, and then click the Edit column preferences option:

For Single Selection and Multiple Selection, you can choose from two different sources: From a Form and From a Table.

From a Form retrieves submissions from the corresponding field of the selected form. When you use this option, you’ll see only the list of forms in your account.

Similarly, From a Table retrieves submissions from the column of the current tab under the current table. When you use this option, all tabs created for or connected to the chosen table are visible for selection.

From a Form and From a Table create a new tab that includes the source information from the form or table. This gives you quick access to the source form or table so you can make any necessary changes. The changes occur in real-time in both the new tab and the source form or table.

Organize Columns

Let’s start with sorting columns. You can sort all columns into ascending or descending order. Click the arrow icon and choose your sorting option. Here’s an example of a column sorted in ascending order:

There are three ways to reorder columns. The first is by using the inline drag-and-drop method, which is useful for small tables.

The second method is by clicking the Columns button and then holding and dragging the column where you want it to appear.

The third method involves clicking Manage columns under the main submissions tab settings. We recommend using this method for large forms.

In the Manage columns window, hold and drag the field to its new position. Click the Update button once you’re done.

To expand the full name field into two columns, click the arrow icon on the right side of the column title, and then click the Expand column option:

The two columns should then appear:

To duplicate a column, click the arrow next to the column title, hover over the Duplicate column option, and choose your duplication method: Duplicate or Duplicate with values.

  • Duplicate option duplicates the column without the associated values.
  • Duplicate with values option duplicates the column with all of its existing answer selections.

That’s it for adding and organizing columns in Jotform Tables. If you have questions, suggestions, or issues, please reach out to us through one of the support channels below.

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