Quick Overview of Form Fields

Last Update: July 16, 2017

JotForm has pretty much any type of Form Fields you might need. Take a look at the complete list below and get a brief description of each one of them.


HEADER: A Header briefly explains what your form is about. Use the Subheader if you want to add more details.

FULL NAME: A predefined field with first and last name options. Use this as opposed to adding two Textboxes to make things easier.

EMAIL: The Email field offers a built-in validation for the proper email format.

ADDRESS: Allows users to enter their complete address with predefined fields.

PHONE: Predefined phone number field to capture phone numbers.

DATE PICKER: A way to collect dates. This also offers an optional Time field.

TIME: Use this if you want users to fill out time in hours and minutes.

SUBMIT: This is always required. Without a Submit button, users won't be able to submit the form.


SHORT TEXT ENTRY: Commonly known as a textbox, your bread and butter as a general use field. Use this for collecting single line answers from your users.

LONG TEXT ENTRY: Commonly known as textarea that is used for comments, suggestions, additional ideas, or anything that requires long answers.

TEXT: A powerful tool that provides text information to your form. This allows HTML and inline CSS.

DROPDOWN: Dropdown menus are used with category related questions.

SINGLE CHOICE: Commonly known as a radio button, this is used for collecting single choice answers.

MULTIPLE CHOICE: Commonly known as a checkbox, this is used when you want to allow 2 or more options selected.

NUMBER: A number field to capture any kind of number.

IMAGE: Allows you to add an image for your form. Easily brand your form with your own logo.

FILE UPLOAD: Allow your users to upload a file to your form.

CAPTCHA: Captcha lowers the likelihood of your form being spammed with multiple submissions. You can also enable ReCaptcha which is an advanced captcha service from Google.

INPUT TABLE: Formerly known as the Matrix Field, this allows you to display input fields in a table format.

SPINNER: Makes it easier to input numbers.


STAR RATING: Useful to get ratings, it can be in several shapes - Stars, light bulbs, etc.

SCALE RATING: Used for ratings based on a scale.


DIVIDER: Add a line that divides up sections of your form.

SECTION COLLAPSE: Formerly known as form collapse, this is used to show/hide additional sections of the form. Useful in splitting your form into expandable parts.

PAGE BREAK: Splits your form into multiple pages. Works best with a heading to indicate each page.


PAYMENT FIELDS: Allows you to collect payments through various international payment processors and gateways. Here's a complete list of all payment processors we integrate with. And if you're not decided yet which one to use, read our article on Which-Payment-Processor-is-Right-for-Your-Business.


These are small plugins that you can add directly to your form. It provides advanced features and options that you won't find on regular Form Fields. To learn more about widgets, you can check our guide on How-to-Add-a-Widget-to-your-Form.

JotForm also offers Apps that provide a variety of added features and functionality that can't be found on our regular Fields, Payments Processors, and Widgets.

What do you think about the collection of fields JotForm offer? What should be added/removed? Share your thoughts with us below so we can improve our service.


MacSkip (September 12, 2010 at 02:55 PM)

When a form is opened for editing, the "Setup and Share" tab has an icon for "Preferences" ("Update form setting"). When opened, these settings include "Unique Submission" with three choices: No Check, Loose Check, and Strict Check. I can find nothing that describes either the purpose of this setting or the meanings of the three choices. Please elaborate, including adding ALL of these form setting (aka Preferences) to your Screenshot List of All (!) Form Fields.

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aytekin (September 19, 2010 at 03:09 AM)

MacSkip: "these settings include "Unique Submission" with three choices: No Check, Loose Check, and Strict Check. "

No Check: People can enter as many submissions as they would like.

Loose Check: Cookie based check. When a user submits this form the next time she comes to the form if the cookie is still on the browser she will not be allowed to post again.

Strict Check: Cookie AND IP address check. In addition to the cookie check if the user's IP address was used previous she will not be allowed on this form.

John (September 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM)

Is there a way to set the length of the cookie and IP. I want my users to use the forms once a month. Is there a way to reset the cookie or set a time period for the cookie?

Jotform Support (September 30, 2010 at 02:08 AM)

No we don't have that feauture. What you can do is write a warning and ignore the second post in a month.

Also that is not the place for asking questions. You should have asked it in forum.

ocbchgal (October 07, 2010 at 03:02 PM)

Where do I add the email address for the Submit button?

ocbchgal (October 07, 2010 at 03:07 PM)

I found my answer here: http://www.jotform.com/help/2-Creating-Your-First-Form

Hehe...ahh...patience! Sorry for jumping the gun with my question! :)


teamdabney2001 (October 19, 2010 at 12:41 PM)

This is my new project since all updatees. I thought there was a way to make multiple selections from a drop list in the old version. Can that still be done? I have a very long list of choices and it's not practicle to list the down the page. If this feature is not available, can you suggest an alternative way for me to handle this?

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DiscusIsabella (November 26, 2010 at 03:49 PM)

Hi there,

I would just like to know when you are going to add a feature that can add or subtract the numbers customers put in, so we could make like a bill or something.

GalenWalker (December 08, 2010 at 05:45 PM)

Does anyone know how to use the Password field? I can insert a Password field but there are no instructions anywhere that I have found that explain how to use it?

D Jordan (January 14, 2011 at 05:44 AM)


How do you change a field to calculate - to add or multiply.

omnigon (February 08, 2011 at 09:30 AM)

I want to create a sweepstakes form using jotform. Is there a way for me to add an end date so I do not have to manually remove the form from my site?

snookertable (February 27, 2011 at 11:04 PM)

Please tell me how to create a list of numbers (As in customer entering quantity or an item with a dollar value) and then get a total

ChelleB (March 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM)

Do you have a terms and conditions box?

allanftd (March 21, 2011 at 06:35 PM)

@ChelleB - please go to this link to learn how to create a Terms and Conditions box.

allanftd (March 21, 2011 at 06:36 PM)

@ChelleB - please go to this link to learn how to create a Terms and Conditions box.


idcbd (May 10, 2011 at 09:29 AM)

Can I duplicate fields in a form for user input, For example, if they have five trucks. They can click on a link that says add truck and the same fields show up to complete their entries for the new truck.


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eamsmartinez657 (June 12, 2011 at 03:32 PM)

I need to

input on a list view one option

and depending on the opcion on that list view

show another list view

country usa
estate Texas

Country Mexico
Estate Mexico DF

is there any way to do that

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Coctel (July 23, 2011 at 09:50 PM)

Do exist any way to make a "comments" form with Jotform???? if so, where??? thanks a lot.

neilparks1 (September 14, 2011 at 12:07 AM)

The categories are not really intuitive. Why is one thing a "form tool" and another a "power tool"?

There should be an option to list all objects in one alphabetical listing.

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sdcoclub (September 24, 2011 at 09:51 AM)

I need help using the page break feature.

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akingbondere (September 24, 2011 at 09:57 AM)

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rmyrtle (September 26, 2011 at 02:16 PM)

Is there a way of preventing word wrap on instruction or question fields so that they don't lengthen the overall form: ie.

This form
will be longer

This form will be shorter.

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jgc (October 05, 2011 at 02:26 AM)

could I have some more information about the form collapse? How to I put stuff in there.... Think of it as "if yes complete this section" they press on it and it opens up...

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David Smith (October 25, 2011 at 12:27 PM)

I like how the Zot programmers are using a generic Captcha. I have to say that Re-Captcha is perhaps the worst (mini) form. For one, I do not want to link my Website back to Google. And, digitizing books does not make me feel all warm inside, either. Second, the image is extremely difficult to read and can be confounding. For example, one Re-Captcha image popped up with a pi (π) symbol! That is not an easy symbol to enter since it is not readily available on the keyboard (unless one knows how to access Unicode/extended ASCII character). So, thank you programmers for being smart!

David Smith (October 25, 2011 at 12:29 PM)

In response to my last post, I meant "JotForm" programmers, not "Zot." ;-)

joevagus (November 08, 2011 at 08:58 PM)

how do you set a password box for people submitting to restrict only users with a password to submit?

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Deborah Guinn (December 06, 2011 at 04:47 AM)

I need a weekly employee work schedule

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mediaclips (January 28, 2012 at 04:39 PM)

My form is only 160 pixels wide is there a way to size down the upload field & button?

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Barry Gauthier (February 06, 2012 at 03:38 PM)

If jotform is used to create an event registration format, is there a way form registrants to print their completed forms?

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Corne (April 09, 2012 at 08:55 AM)

Hi! can I create result checker with card usage limit? secondly: can I create create editable field with maximum number entry? how/

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Corne (April 09, 2012 at 08:59 AM)

can I create a data base form, were i can view my clients information?

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Jose (May 02, 2012 at 05:26 AM)

Hi! Can I create a form with multiple columns, so I can show 2 or 3 entry fields in the same line.

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samypipo (May 29, 2012 at 02:52 PM)


virtualearth (June 18, 2012 at 09:08 PM)

We need to add a number of variables in the show / hide for a large selection in a drop menu. Is there a way of doing this instead of individually adding "New Rule" one by one?
See https://secure.jotform.com/form/13065738088 > Do you work for any of these companies?

Thank you


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mikeyhanky (July 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM)

How can I create my form questions/fields in 2 columns instead of one?

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AbbyHardie (August 04, 2012 at 06:39 AM)

When I preview my form in IE9, the captcha feature does not perform as expected. It loads the capture field on a second page after you click submit. It operates as intended in every other browser however. Is there a bug or fix for this issue? Thanks in advance.

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JD (August 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM)

How can I have the file upload actually include the files as an attachment?

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johannacabrera (September 11, 2012 at 12:59 AM)

Its pretty late here and I'm pooped - I can't figure out how to change the name of a "clone" jotform so that it will show properly in My Forms.
Thanks - Kim for Johanna

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Reddingmuseum (October 10, 2012 at 01:49 PM)

I think you try your best in creating the best forms. Im from the Netherlands and I create your forms in Dutch. But sometimes there is still an English word inthere that I cannot manually translate. Like the Clear button. And the text "billing address" on to of the address group. Please, make these examples editable aswell. thx

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horselingo (October 14, 2012 at 09:52 AM)

I cannot get files to upload through the link. Could you please help?

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bushwood (November 02, 2012 at 09:57 AM)

Is there a way to add a "Deposit" field on an Order Form that has a negative number? I want to be able to have several line items to purchase, and have a "Deposit" field where buyers can pay just a deposit and still show the balance due. Possible?

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guest_23410269614045 (December 07, 2012 at 05:31 AM)

How does the "password box" work

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guest_23469352858062 (December 13, 2012 at 12:37 AM)

Eow to stop duplicate entry for form field...?

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dringram (December 14, 2012 at 08:25 PM)

Some of the form fields such as Name and Telephone number do not allow the field width to be adjusted and it can truncate the view if the type size is too large. Is there a way to increase the width of these fields.

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nancymichael (January 06, 2013 at 08:20 PM)

How can I add a field for company name?

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guest_30134669118049 (January 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM)

How to add or remove form fields in an inbuilt address field?

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ctkuan (February 12, 2013 at 07:53 AM)

The form field: City or State
does not allow complete fill in.
It allows only one charactor. Have I committed a mistake? Here is the form:
www.wireguides/INQUIRY FOR AIR WIPES.html

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informatician (February 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM)

How do I use the Form Collapse feature without causing the Submit button to be hidden by the last Form Collapse section ?

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DXJ_Designs (March 18, 2013 at 03:32 PM)

Hi, Im currently making a form for a training school. Is there a way that I can make a field which "counts down" the number of, lets say 'seats available' for a course. i.e. if the max seating capacity for a course is 10 people, is there a field that can be made which counts down how many seats are left/available in correlation to the amount of interested people. So if 3 people "submit" then the counter would show "7" available seats? help please :)

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UNCA (March 26, 2013 at 07:43 PM)

I have been hunting for a text field or URL field that a user can type or paste in a URL and it will come out on the submissions.pdf as a clickable URL... Is this possible currently? If not that would be a nice thing to have, yes?

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UNCA (March 27, 2013 at 06:10 PM)

please disregard that original comment.... I now see that those links ARE clickable on the submissions.pdf

stevedavies76 (April 24, 2013 at 07:26 PM)

Is it possible to have a file uploaded attached to the notification email rather than accessed via hyperlink?
We don't have FTP but would prefer to have files pulled into our organization's server. The easiest way for us to do this is via email.

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LisaBjorneberg (May 09, 2013 at 12:13 PM)

I want to create a travel request form where an estimated cost is calculated. Is there a way to do this?

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Gill2008 (December 23, 2013 at 05:31 PM)

How can I position radio buttons horizontally next to the question instead of vertically?

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spigroup (December 30, 2013 at 09:16 AM)

the form fields taking the lable/name as field value, how to define a field value other than label

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axatt (December 31, 2013 at 02:59 AM)

How can I use Multiple widget Matrix?

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PowerTrips (January 15, 2014 at 09:55 PM)

Is there a form field just for date if you don't want date/time?

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Tee (January 07, 2015 at 12:54 AM)

I was looking for price field i.e. net rate and published rate for my merchants and the ability to formulate (i.e. populate a percentage once someone keys in the published rate) and ability for me to add the various currencies.

Am also looking at duration (by hour or minutes) for the time.

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richard (April 15, 2015 at 02:55 AM)

what has happened to the birth date picker?

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nae4ha (August 13, 2015 at 07:15 PM)

Is there a way to make the Matrix form field have the option under "properties" then "input type" to have the option of currency?

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LucyWeil (May 14, 2016 at 06:23 AM)

In the country dropdown box that Jotform provides, the United States is the selection in the box. Is it possible to change this to another country (e.g. United Kingdom)?

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LucyWeil (May 14, 2016 at 06:24 AM)

I meant that the Unted States is the *first* selection.

andrewcoplon (August 15, 2017 at 11:49 PM)

I do not have a "time" element under my basic elements. The last one listed is "date picker" before the "quick elements" begin. Advice?

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mmchh (August 24, 2017 at 05:21 AM)

Can't seem to find the spinner form input anymore. Is there a widget for that purpose?

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