Card Forms: How to Utilize the Multiline Question

October 18, 2021

When Jotform Cards was launched, a lot of users started to ask how to have multiple questions in a single card. As you may remember, we designed Cards Layout to display only one question per card.  But sometimes, it’s necessary to ask multiple questions at once, so we designed the MULTI-LINE QUESTION field.

As its name indicates, multiple questions can be added into a single card. Keep in mind that there is a limit in the number of fields that you may add. 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 lets you add multiple inputs, the MULTI-LINE QUESTION should always be treated as a single field. This means that it shows as a single field on your SUBMISSIONS PAGE, and the data appears in a single column when exported to Excel and other reports.

2. The fields within the MULTI-LINE QUESTION can not be used with calculations. 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 in the MULTI-LINE QUESTION don’t have the same properties as their corresponding fields. For example, while the normal email field comes with features like Disallow Free Addresses, Allow Specific Domains, Confirmation Text Boxes, etc., the email field within the MULTI-LINE QUESTION won’t have these options. So, consider this fact 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 at once, so it goes like this:

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