Once in the edit section of your form, the right hand side of the interface is where most of the work in creating your form will take place.
To add a field:
- Find the field you want to add to the form
- Click on it to add it bellow the last field in the form OR click, hold and drag the field to the position you want it in the form
Now that you’ve added a field to your form, you’ll probably want to modify it in some way before the form is ready for use.
To view and edit a field’s settings, click on the field when it is in your form and the right hand menu will change to display a new set of options.
As you can see there are multiple sections that provide settings that can be changed for a field. All fields have these sections but the contents of them varies depending on the type of field.
The General section will contain a text box for the field display name and the field description. These will both display above the field when the user is completing the form. They will be in any field’s General settings section.
As previously mentioned, a field’s unique settings are most likely to be found in their General settings section.
The Appearance tab does what it says on the tin, in this section are options to change how the field looks. There are some unique options based on the field, but these are usually the amount of placeholders to set if the field has multiple inputs.
Placeholders are the first setting in the options section and are used to show the person submitting the form what sort of information this field is looking for.
Other appearance options refer to the placement of the description and sub-label and whether to display or hide the field’s label. There isn’t a lot of flexibility with these options, only whether to display them above or below the field.
Advanced settings aren’t as difficult as they sound and provide useful tools to help design a very affective form.
The first option you can define in the advanced section is the “Admin Field Label” this is a name that you can set the field which is only used to define it when viewed in the back end. If you have a lot of fields in a form and/or use an form submission for other Gravity Forms features, such as generating a PDF, then having your fields identified in some sort of labelling system is very useful.
Default Value is the next option you’ll find in the Advanced section similarly to the aforementioned placeholders found in the general section, the amount of options for this are dependant on the field and it places whatever you define in the settings into the field. The difference with default values, however, is that these will be saved with the entry unless changed and act as if the person submitting the form has entered it themselves.