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Short Answer Fields

Short Answer Fields are intended for simple single-line responses like first name, company name, favorite band, etc. Short Answer Fields can also be used to do calculations.  It is not possible to send text from one Short Answer Field to another on the form, only numbers for calculations.

To add a Short Answer Field to your form, click on the Short Answer Field in the Form Builder Tools section on the left-hand side of the screen and drag it to the appropriate place on your form.



You can make the field required,
add supporting text and placeholder text, or hide the label after the field is added to the form.  You can also change the width of the field by editing the field size. This is how the Short Answer Field will appear on your form.  

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Adding Options

You can add Options to the Short Answer Field to allow autofill options for your end user. This allows you to set values for the field so a user does not have to fill in the entire field but can select from a list. 


You can add Options to your Short Answer Field by clicking on the field and choosing the Advanced Options Editor button under "Options" on the left-hand side of the screen. 


Once you see the Options Editor you can select "Add Option".


Unique IDs and Short Answer Fields

Every form submission in the database is given a unique ID number. These unique IDs are stored in the database.  You can see the unique ID for a submission by clicking on that submission in the database and viewing the detailed info page for that submission.

Please note: Since unique ID numbers apply to a form submission as a whole, you cannot assign a separate unique ID to a Short Answer Field. Instead, Short Answer Fields are automatically assigned their own special ID numbers. For example, if you want to include info from a Short Answer Field in a confirmation email, the field will automatically be available
on the "Insert Field" list. When you click on the field in the list, it will appear in the body of the email with a special number unique to that field.