A Date Field is used to collect date or time formatted responses.
The label will display as the title of the field or the question that is being asked on the form. It is not recommended to leave the label blank because the label will be used as the column heading in Excel when form entries are exported.
The Type options allows you to choose between a date or a time. If you need your users to specify a date and a time, add two date fields to your form: one for the date and one for the time.
Dates can either be directly typed into the textbox or can be selected from a calendar by clicking the calendar icon. Dates will be formatted based on the selected Country under your form's Location Settings. For example, dates for the United States are formatted as MM/DD/YYYY.
Times can either be directly typed into the textbox or can be selected in 15 minute increments from a time picker by clicking the clock icon. Times will be formatted based on your form's Location Settings. For example, for the United States times are formatted as HH:MM: AM/PM.
Help text can be used to assist the user by providing additional instructions. Help text will display directly under the field.
Default values can be used to automatically populate the field's value for the user. The user can then choose to change the default value before submitting the form.
The default value can always be the same value or can change based on certain conditions such as a selected value of another field on the form. To set a changing default value, click the lightening bolt icon in the field to open the Conditional Logic Builder.
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.
Require This Field
Requiring a field will make sure the user provides a response. When a field is required, an error message will display, and the form cannot be submitted until a value has been added to the field. Required fields are indicated by a red asterisk next to the label. By default, fields are never required.
- Always - Field is always required. User must provide a response in order to submit the form.
- When - Field is required 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 required.
- Never - Field is not required. This is the default behavior.
Ranges can be specified to require the user to enter a value between the minimum and maximum values that you set for the field.
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.