A Repeating Section is a container used to group a set of fields that repeats as needed, allowing people to add multiple instances of the section to the form. Repeating sections can also be converted to Table fields when necessary.
On the Entries page, repeating data will appear when you collapse an individual entry. When you export repeating data to Excel, the information will be exported onto a separate sheet in the same workbook.
The label will display as the title of the field or the question that is being asked on the form. You can select the icon on the right to hide the label on the form. You also can use the pop-up formatting toolbar to insert values from other fields on the form.
The Item Label is the title of each repeating item. A number will follow the Item Label to indicate how many repeating items the user has added.
Add Button Text
Customize the text beside the + button that enables a form user to add a new section. Or, leave this field blank to include just the + button at the bottom of the section instead.
Number of Items
Set the minimum and maximum number of items that your users can add to a repeating section. Use static numbers such as “1” and “5”, or set calculated limits based on other fields. The minimum limit is the default number of items that appear when a form initially loads. When a minimum of zero items are set, the fields in the section will not appear until the user adds them.
Visit our blog to see examples of how you can use repeating section limits.
Help text can be used to assist the user by providing additional instructions. Help text will display directly under the field. Use the formatting toolbar to format text, insert hyperlinks and images, and populate values from other fields on the form.
Show This Field
By default, fields will always display on the form. However, you may want to hide specific fields or sections based on certain conditions such as a selected value of another field on the form.
- Always – Field is always shown.
- When – Field will only display when specific conditions are met. After selecting this option, the Conditional Logic Builder dialog will display allowing you to select when the field or section should be displayed.
- Internally – Field will not display on the public form and will only display when a Cognito Forms user is editing the form from the Entries page.
- Never – Field will never display.
Set fields and sections as read-only to create simple workflows with your forms. All fields can be made read-only, with the exception of fields that are already read-only by default (Calculation, Price, Content, Page break, etc.).
- Always – Field is always read-only.
- When – Field is read-only when specific conditions are met. After selecting this option, the Conditional Logic Builder dialog will display allowing you to select when the field is read-only.
- Internally – Field will not be read-only on the public form and will only be read-only when a Cognito Forms user is editing the form from the Entries page.
- Never – Field allows user input. This is the default behavior."
You can set a custom error message that will display under your field when specified conditions become true. The conditional logic builder will allow you to add any number of rules for validating your field. Learn more about the custom error option.