Initially, a form is created with no controls except for a Submit and Cancel button. You must add controls to the form in order to make it useful. Controls can be dropped from the palette or generated from a schema.


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From the Palette

When you create a new form from scratch, it has no controls other than the Submit and Cancel button. To make your form useful you must start by dragging in controls from the Palette and dropping them in your form. As you begin to drag a control from the Palette, you’ll see this icon, which means the control is not yet over a droppable area. When you reach an area on the canvas where dropping a control is allowed, the will change to this icon. You must drop controls into the body of the form; you can’t drop them into the toolbar nor can they be dropped below the Submit and Cancel buttons. 

You can drag/drop above, below, to the left and right of most controls. As you bring the control over the body of your form, the  icon will change to one of the icons below:  

If you are not dragging your control over a group control, this means your control will be placed at the top of your form. Anywhere to the right of the print icon is a droppable area.  

Other important drag-and-drop rules:

See Multi-Column Form Layout below for information about designing forms with a multi-column layout.

From Schema

You can generate controls automatically from schema elements, but you must first upload your schema into your  project. Once you've uploaded the schema and added schema elements to your form's Data Sources area, you can generate controls from these elements automatically. See Generating Controls from Schema Elements.

Multi-Column Form Layout

Multi-column forms are quite common and very easy to create. Here is how it works:

All control widths are specified in columns. The width is selected by clicking on a grid in the style tab. See this documentation for the details. When dropping controls from the palette on an empty canvas or above or below an existing control, the newly dropped control is 12 columns wide. The trigger control is an exception. 

If you drag a control from the palette and drop it to the left or right of a control, the newly dropped control will take the width of the control you dropped on. The width of a control that is already in your form must be adjusted manually by the designer if the position of the control is changed.

This approach makes it very easy to create a form with a multi-column layout. There are two ways to accomplish this:

Method 1: Simply drag and drop the first control onto the canvas, modify the width to your specification and then drag and drop additional controls  to the right of the previously dropped one. The controls will "wrap around" and line up in columns. In use mode, the tab order will go left to right, then to the next row.

Method 2: You can drag and drop panels from the palette and then drop additional controls inside of the panels. Panels can be dropped to the left or right of other panels. A newly dropped panel dropped to the left/right of another panel will take the width of the panel it was dropped on. In use mode, tabbing from one control to the next will go through the left panel first, then the next panel. This is how you can design for vertical tab order.


Page Break controls have special rules for drag/drop. Click here for more information.