The Dropdown element offers the user a set of discrete options in the form of a drop down selection. Clicking the drop down button reveals the options as a vertical list. The user can only select one option.
Beyond the properties common to all elements, the Dropdown element has the following additional properties:
Allow Text Entry (Other)
Selecting the Allow Text Entry (Other) option adds an additional choice of ‘Other’ to your list of choices. When the user selects it, a text box appears that allows the user to type in a value that wasn’t among the original options.
Text entered in this box will appear in the element’s text field as long as there is no option already selected. If the form is submitted without entering a value, the Placeholder text will not be saved with the response. For this reason, it is safe to enter examples or instructions in the Placeholder box, such as ‘Please select an option’.
The Choices property allows you to set the discrete list of choices that appear in the drop down list.
Selecting the radio button at the left of a choice makes it the default selection. Clicking the green icon adds a blank choice below that one. Clicking the red icon deletes the choice.
To have the value that’s stored in the database differ from the text that the user sees, enter the visible text, a vertical pipe, and then the database value. When using a Dropdown element as the determinant element for workflow mapping, the value for visibility must match the value to the right of the pipe, if there is one.
If you have a large number of choices to add to the element, you can click the ‘Import Choices’ link, which opens a dialog box. In this window, you can enter all the choices, one per line. This is faster than adding each choice using the green icon. It is especially useful to use Import Choices if you have your list of choices already available in a text or spreadsheet document as you can copy your list from the document and paste it into the Import Choices dialog.
You can choose the width of the element on the form. Your choices are Small, Medium or Large.