How to Add Headings & Text Blocks to a Form
Use headings to create logical sections within your forms. For example, you might want to split a job application form into a Contact Details and a Past Employment section.
To add a heading, select the Heading widget in the Fields tab of the form builder. Enter the text of the heading into the Text box and save.
The Text Block widget that allows you to insert text anywhere on a form. Example uses include:
- Providing directions to guide respondents and help them fill out the form accurately
- Adding a short disclaimer or waiver at the bottom of a form
- Specifying an amount of money on a payment form
- Defining the terms of a digital contract e-signed by the user
Text blocks are limited to 2,000 characters (250 characters with Free/Basic accounts). To add a waiver, contract, or terms of service, use an Agreement widget instead.
To add a text block to a form, select the Text Block widget in the Fields tab of the form builder, as illustrated below.
Links and Formatting
The form builder allows you to insert links, specify bold text, and italicize and underline text using either the formatting toolbar (screenshot above) or with the wiki-style formatting syntax below:
|Text with Commands||Formatted Text|
|Web Link||This is a [http://FormSmarts.com link to FormSmarts].||This is a link to FormSmarts.|
|Email Link||This is an [email@example.com email link].||This is an email link.|
|Bold||This text is *important*.||This text is important.|
|Italics||So is **this one**.||So is this one.|
|Underlining||Use underlining __sparingly__!||Use underlining sparingly!|
|Unordered List||* red
|Ordered List||1. red
Links and formatting commands are supported in text blocks, agreements, form filling instructions, form submission confirmation messages, confirmation emails, auto-responder messages and checkbox labels. Check out this example.
Ordered & unordered lists are only supported in agreements/waivers at this time.
- Links open in a new window
- Email links are not supported in checkbox labels at this time
Should You Show Text Blocks in Form Responses?
If you use text blocks to create a digital contract between you and the form respondent, the terms of the contract may need to appear in the copy of the submitted data given to both parties.
Instructions for filling out a form are only needed on the form itself, so by default text blocks are not shown in form responses or confirmation emails/PDF receipts.
This option is not available with all types of accounts.
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