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Choice Field

A Choice Field allows users to select from predefined options in the form of a dropdown, radio buttons, or checkboxes.


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.

Placeholder Text

You have the ability to edit the placeholder text of Choice fields set to the Dropdown type. Placeholder text is a short prompt that describes the expected value of an input field. The prompt is displayed in the field before you enter a value, and disappears when you begin typing.


The Type option determines how the choices will appear on your form.

Drop Downs

​Drop Downs allow users to select one of the choices from a menu. The user must click into the menu in order to see the choices that are available.

Radio Buttons

Radio Buttons allow users to see all of the options, but only choose one of the choices.


Checkboxes allow users to see all of the choices and check all that apply.

Choice Options

Collect Payment For This Field

If you want to charge users based on what they choose in this field, check the box for Collect Payment for This Field. This will automatically select the Assign Prices? field and prompt you to connect your PayPal, Stripe, or Square account.

After linking with your payment account, you’ll need to assign a price to each option in your field. These prices will be used to calculate the charges based on what your users select. If you leave these blank, they will be assigned a price of $0.00 automatically.

Assign Prices

This option will automatically be selected when you enable the Collect Payment for This Field option. You can also select “Assign Prices?” only, if you’d just like to assign prices to each choice. These prices can then be used in a separate calculated price field, such as for quantities.

Assign Values

This option gives you the ability to assign numeric values to each choice. These values (denoted as ChoiceField_Value) can then be used in calculations.

Limit Quantities

Select this option to set quantity limits and track quantities for each choice option. After you set your choice quantities, you can enter a custom error message to display when the limit is exceeded. Learn more about quantity limits.


Choices are the options users can select. Add additional choices by clicking the “+” icon or delete existing choices by clicking the corresponding trashcan icon.  Use the checkboxes to the left of each choice to specify the default choice selection for your form.

Bulk choice import

You can copy choice options, prices, and values by selecting the first line of the choice label textbox and pasting from Excel or another text editor. Choices, prices and values must be tab delimited (automatic when pasting from Excel) and separated by line breaks between choices.

Each line item will populate into the list down, eliminating the need to manually copy every item from long lists. 

Allow Fill In

The Allow Fill In option allows users to add a their own choice that they fill in themselves.  For Radio Button and Checkboxes, a textbox will display as the users last option. Allow Fill In is not available when the Collect Payment For This Field or the Assign Prices? option is enabled.

Default Value

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.


This option allows you to select how your options will display. This option is only available when the type is set to Radio Buttons or Checkboxes.

  • One Column - Options will display vertically in a single column.
  • Two Column - Options will display in a horizontal two column format.
  • Three Column - Options will display in a horizontal three column format. This option only appears when your field spans two columns.
  • Four Column - Options will display in a horizontal four column format. This option only appears when your field spans two columns.
  • Side by Side - Options will display horizontally and will wrap onto the next line depending on the space available and the number of options. This is the default option.

Help Text

Help text can be used to assist the user by providing additional instructions. Help text will display directly under the field.

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.

Custom Error

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.

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