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Form Fields: Available field types

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When setting up your custom person and organization profile fields and when setting up your interaction type fields, you can choose from several types of fields. Below is a summary of each type, along with some examples of how they look in action.


​Text Field​

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An example text field.

This is a single-line plain text field that's good for capturing simple info like a person's title or degree.

  1. Field Size: text fields allow you to customize the maximum number of characters the field will accept (default is 256)
Text Field Options
The text field options.

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​Text Area

TextArea example
An example text area field.

This is a multi-line plain text box that's better suited for long-form info, like a summary of a professor's research interests.

  1. Field Size: text fields allow you to customize the maximum number of characters the field will accept (default is 256)
TextArea field options
The text area options.

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Select

Example of a single select field
An example of a single select field (a drop-down menu).

This is a multiple-choice dropdown menu. You can configure this to allow users to select only one available option (aka single-select) or more than one option (aka multi-select).

  1. Use the Select Type option to make this either a single-select or multi-select menu
  2. Use the Option Values section to add individual options in the dropdown list
  3. Click the Add Row button to add more options to your list
  4. Or, click on Bulk Import to add multiple options at once, which is ideal if you are copying and pasting values from something like a spreadsheet

Maximum Options per Select field: 30

Maximum Characters across all Options in a Select field: 4,000

Select field options
Options for the select field.

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Checkbox

Example of a Checkbox field
An example of the checkbox field.

This will display a series of checkboxes, allowing users to select one or more of the available options.

  1. Use the Option Values section to add individual checkbox options
  2. Click the Add Row button to add more options to your list
  3. Or, click on Bulk Import to add multiple options at once, which is ideal if you are copying and pasting values from something like a spreadsheet
Checkbox field options
Options for the checkbox field.

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Radio Group

Example of a radio field
An example of a radio field.

This will display a series of radio buttons, allowing users to select just one of the available options.

  1. Use the Option Values section to add individual radio options
  2. Click the Add Row button to add more options to your list
  3. Or, click on Bulk Import to add multiple options at once, which is ideal if you are copying and pasting values from something like a spreadsheet
Radio field options
Options for the radio field.

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​Rich Text

Example of a Rich Text field
An example of a rich text field.

This is a multi-line text box that allows you to enter formatted text using a rich text editor.

Rich Text field options
Options for the rich text field.

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Address

Example of an Address field
An example of an address field.

This is a multi-line field that allows you to record the following information: Street Address, City, Country, State, and Postal Code.

  1. Under Which Fields would you like to display, use the checkboxes to show/hide each individual part of the address field.
    1. For example, if you deselect Street Address and Country, then only the City, State, and Postal Code parts will display on screen.
    2. If the Country is enabled, use the Default Country to set an optional default value for new profiles. Country names will be auto-suggested as you type.
    3. If the State is enabled, use the Default State to set an optional default value for new profiles. State names will be auto-suggested based upon the Default Country you selected.
Address field options
Options for the address field.

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Date

Example of a date field
An example of a date field.

This field allows you to record a single date.

  1. Use the Select Format dropdown to select from one of three date formats:
    • US date format (MM/DD/YYYY)
    • European date format (DD/MM/YYYY)
    • Year only
Date field options
Options for the date field.

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Phone

Example of a phone field
An example of a phone field.

This is a single-line text field that allows you to record additional phone numbers.

Note: Phone Number is a system field, so you only need to add your own custom phone fields if you'd like to record additional numbers (such as a mobile number).

Phone field options
Options for the phone field.

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Numeric

Example of a Numeric field
An example of a numeric field.

This a is a single-line text field that only accepts numbers.

  1. Use the Minimum Value option to define the lowest possible value a user can enter
  2. Use the Maximum Value option to define the highest possible value a user can enter
Numeric field options
Options for the numeric field.

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Time

Example of a Time field
An example of a time field.

This field allows you to record a single time stamp.

  1. Use the Select Type dropdown to choose the time format:
    • AM/PM: this will record times on a 12-hour clock, using AM or PM (e.g. 3:00 PM)
    • 24 Hour: this will record times using a 24-hour clock (e.g. 15:00)
Time field options
Options for the time field.

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Editing a link field
An example of editing a link field.
Example of a saved Link field in a profile showing a clickable link
An example of a link field in a profile.

This field allows you to record a URL, which will be displayed as a clickable link in the user's profile.

Link field options
Options for the link field

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Accordion

Example of an opened accordion containing three fields
An example of an opened accordion.

This field doesn't actually record data on its own. Instead, it allows you to save space but grouping your other custom fields into an expandable/collapsible accordion.

  1. Under Fields to Include, select which of your existing custom fields to include
  2. To add more fields to your accordion, click the Add button
Accordion field options
Options for the accordion field.

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