A Section's Column Layout: Format the fields in a Section to appear in a multi-column layout

You can set up a section so that the fields in the section move into multiple column layout.

To change the Column Layout, go to the Advanced Properties for the Section and click on the number of Columns you require in the Column Layout Feature.

To change the Column Layout, go to the Advanced Properties for the Section and click on the number of Columns you require in the Column Layout Feature.

The image above shows that the question fields in the Event form have been set up to ask 3 similar types of questions for breakfast (yes no), lunch (single line text) and dinner (tick box). A three column layout will transform the fields from being arranged vertically to being arranged across three columns (shown in the image in the step below).

Obviously, if 2 columns were chosen for the above fields the form would not flow very well (as shown in a latter image). Always consider how the form needs to function and perform when you set your column layout. Preview the form using the "Preview" button, and then ALWAYS login and look at how the form performs on the actual application.

Column Layout: An example of how the fields change when a 3 column layout is applied. It transforms the data from vertical arrangement to 3 horizontal columns

Column Layout: An example of how the fields change when a 3 column layout is applied. It  transforms the data from vertical arrangement to 3 horizontal columns

You can see that these fields and field types were well suited to a 3 column layout. However, if only a 2 column layout is applied, you can see that it doe not enhance the form at all (see the image in the step below)!!

Column Layout: A Poor example of the column layout setting using a 2 column layout. The question do not flow and they are hard to interpret!

Column Layout: A Poor example of the column layout setting using a 2 column layout. The question do not flow and they are hard to interpret!

Just because you can apply a column layout, it does not mean that you should always use it. You can clearly see that the questions are hard to interpret and do not flow well compared to the three column layout. The way you set up your fields will influence the number of columns you should select.

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