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How to use the dropdown block

Learn everything you need to know to use the dropdown block in your forms.


When to use

Use the dropdown block to let your respondents select one item from a dropdown list with choices you give them.

Screenshot of a dropdown block in Tripetto
Demonstration of a dropdown block.

Looking for a dropdown with text search?

Are you looking for a dropdown question type in which the respondent also can type to get suggestions? Please have a look at the text single line block and activate the Suggestions feature over there.


How to use

Add a new block to your form and then select the question type Date. You can now customize this block to your needs with the following features:

General

  • Text
    Use the Text feature for the name/title of this block.
  • Description
    Enable the Description feature to add a description to this block.
  • Placeholder
    Enable the Placeholder feature to add a text inside the empty input control of this block.
  • Help text
    Enable the Help text feature to add a help text to this block.

Settings

  • Randomization
    Enable the Randomization feature to present the choices in a random order to your respondents (using Fisher–Yates shuffle).

Options

  • Required
    By default this block is not required to fill out by your respondents. Enable the Required feature to make this block required to fill out.
  • Visibility
    By default this block is visible in your form. Enable the Visibility feature to hide it for your respondents.
  • Score
    You can attach scores to the choices to perform instant calculations. Enable the Score feature to enter the desired score values.
  • Alias
    By default the name/title of this block will be used in your dataset. Enable the Alias feature to use a different name in your dataset.
  • Exportability
    By default the collected data of this block will be exported to your results. Enable the Exportability feature to not include this data in your dataset.

Choices

Next, you can enter the list of choices that you want to show to your respondents:

  • Add choices one by one
    Click the icon at the bottom of the list and enter the choice name.
  • Import a list of choices
    Click the icon at the top of the list. Now supply a list with one choice name per text line and click Import to add them all at once to your list of choices.
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Importing choices in the dropdown block.

From your list of choices you can open each choice to get to the settings of that single choice. Over there you can use these features:

  • Name
    Use the Name feature for the name/title of this choice.
  • Identifier
    By default the name of each choice will be used in your dataset. Enable the Identifier feature to use a different name in your dataset.
  • Score
    Enable the Score feature to enter the desired score value for that choice.

Logic

Logic is important to make your forms smart and conversational. The dropdown block can work with the following branch conditions to help you with that:

Block conditions

  • Match one of the options.
  • Nothing selected.

Evaluate conditions

  • Value matches your filter;
  • Value does not match your filter;
  • Value contains your filter;
  • Value does not contain your filter;
  • Value starts with your filter;
  • Value ends with your filter;
  • Value is empty;
  • Value is not empty.

Score conditions

  • Score is equal to your filter;
  • Score is not equal to your filter;
  • Score is lower thanyour filter;
  • Score is higher than your filter;
  • Score is between your filters;
  • Score is not between your filters;
  • Score is calculated;
  • Score is not calculated.

Filters

When we mention your filter above, there are some different filters that you can use to make the right comparison:

  • Text - Compare with a fixed text that you enter;
  • Value - Compare with another block value entered in the form by a respondent (more info).

Calculations

You can use the calculator block to perform calculations with given answers. The dropdown block supports the following calculation operations:

  • Score - Calculate a score based on the entered score list for choices;
  • Convert to number - Convert the selected choice text to a number value.

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