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Long Answer Field

Regpack gives you the ability to ask a variety of different question types in your forms, so you can gather the information you need, in the format you need it.

One example of question type you can add to any form is the long answer field. This will allow you to gather a large amount of free text for questions requiring more than just a dropdown, multiple choice or short answer.

The long answer field is also great for gathering an added description to an earlier question (like allergies or dietary restrictions); it can also be used for essay questions that require line breaks in the answer.

First, navigate to your forms by going to Settings –> Forms.

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Next, hover over the form you’d like to add a long answer field to, and click “Edit Form Fields”.

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Once in your desired form, click the “Long Answer” field and either add it to the top or bottom, or simply drag it into place.

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The long answer field is generally used for questions that require longer responses and more complex information (e.g. interview questions, explanations, etc).

You can change the field title by changing the “Label”. There are different font sizes and color choices available.

You can decide if the field should be mandatory or not by clicking “On” or “Off”.

Adding a description will add a sub-text underneath the field. It is generally used to give the applicant more information about what you are asking, which hopefully means less confusion as applicants move through the process.

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Making a field an Admin Only field, hides it from your applicants on the front end. It is then only visible to your admins in the back end. Basically, it is an internal field that only your team will answer and use. You can use an admin long answer field to record notes on an applicant like for a medical incident, or during the interview process.

You also have the option to make this field filterable in your “Users” section. When it’s marked “On,” you’ll be able to filter for this field on the back end. Most text fields do not need this ability. The recommended setting is “Off.”

You can also decide if the long answer field should require a minimum character or word limit (great for that essay option).

Remember to save all your choices, when you are done! Then test it to make sure it’s displaying the way you want it to.