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Card Forms: How to Utilize the Multiline Question

Card Forms: How to Utilize the Multiline Question

When JotForm Cards was launched, a lot of users were asking how they can ask multiple questions in a single card. As you may know by now, the Cards Layout was purposely designed to show one question at a time. However, there are occasions when it's inevitable to ask multiple questions in a single card so we came up with the MULTI-LINE QUESTION field.

As the name implies, this allows you to ask multiple questions in a single card. Keep in mind that the fields you can add within it are limited. As of now, only 5 form fields are supported:

🔘 Textbox Field

🔘 Email Field

🔘 Number Field

🔘 Dropdown Field

🔘 Phone Field

To add the MULTI-LINE QUESTION field to your form, just click the ADD FORM ELEMENT button > scroll down to the QUICK ELEMENTS section until you find the field > then drag it to your form. Click the GEAR icon to open the properties window.

Once you have the properties window open, click the ADD A FORM ELEMENT button and add  the field(s) you wish to add.

A few reminders when using this field:

1. Like any other widget or field (in Classic Layout) that ask multiple inputs, the MULTI-LINE QUESTION will always be treated as a single field. This means that it will be presented as a single field on your SUBMISSIONS PAGE, and will be presented as a single column when exported to Excel and other reports as well.

2. The fields within the MULTI-LINE QUESTION can not be used in calculation. Although a normal DROPDOWN field offers CALCULATION VALUES (more info about calculation values here), the DROPDOWN field within the MULTI-LINE QUESTION doesn't.

3. The fields supported inside the MULTI-LINE QUESTION don't have the exact same properties as their corresponding fields. As an example, while the normal email field will have features like Disallow Free Addresses, Allow Specific Domains, Confirmation Text Box, Confirmation Text Box, the email field within the MULTI-LINE QUESTION won't have these options. So, take that into consideration when building your form.

If you need more features for the fields you're asking, it's better to use the normal fields outside the MULTI-LINE QUESTION. This field can be better utilized if you will be asking multiple questions that are related to each other.

For example, you can use this field to ask for the respondents first name, last name, company and phone number, all in one go:

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  • jaredshand

    This is really limiting that you can't add more field options.

  • essexcompass

    Hello, The Multi-Line question doesn't seem to be in the add form element area. Has it been withdrawn? Or am I just not seeing it please? Thank you.

  • karimendoza

    Why limit the number of options available? I have a pet form card that I'd like to keep all together, but need more than the allowed options. This breaks it up and does not keep everything in one neat area. Would be best if can be all grouped together, is this possible some other way?