Optimising Column Layouts workaround

 

When you use a column layout for a section, you may want to add another question in that section on a new line, but you cannot.

When you use a column layout for a section, you may want to add another question in that section on a new line, but you cannot.

The example here shows that we have a 2 column layout for the section. We want to start another field (e.g. 2 1) in the same section on new line. However, with a 2 column layout the fields just fill the columns continuously and you cannot add in a spacer unless you add in a new section to separate the new field. There is a workaround where you can add in a blank field and then hide it.

A work around is to add in a new blank field and to hide it. To do this follow the instructions in the steps below

 

Click on the cell that precedes where you want the blank field to go (e.g 1 6 in this example)

Click on the cell that precedes where you want the blank field to go (e.g 1 6 in this example)

1: Click on th cell that precedes where you want to add in the blank spacing field. The example here shows that 1 6 has been selected.

2: Click on the "Add Question" Tab in the Form Builder.

3: Click on the same type of field that you are using for the rest of the questions (e.g a number, option, text field etc.. but not a calculation).

Name the cell Blank Space (the column layout goes out of order but ignore this as it will be correct once you save it)

Name the cell Blank Space (the column layout goes out of order but ignore this as it will be correct once you save it)

 

Set the cell to be hidden and not visible anywhere in the system

Set the cell to be hidden and not visible anywhere in the system

 

Now preview the form and you will see that the field acts as a spacer yet it does not appear on the form or anywhere in the system on the application

Now preview the form and you will see that the field acts as a spacer yet it does not appear on the form or anywhere in the system on the application

The Blank Space field acts as a "spacer" to set up the work flow and layout as you require. You can add in multiple spacer fields, just name them appropriately (e.g. Blank Space 1, Blank Space 2).

ALWAYS preview and test these field to make sure you have set up them correctly. The example here shows that a spacer field was not set to be hidden!!

ALWAYS preview and test these field to make sure you have set up them correctly. The example here shows that a spacer field was not set to be hidden!!

A Blank Space field has not been set as being "Hidden" in the Advanced Properties "Visible" setting. It appears in the data entry form on the system which is a mistake.

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