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How to use the text (multiple lines) block

Learn everything you need to know to use the text (multiple lines) block in your forms.

When to use

Use the text (multiple lines) block to let your respondents enter a text answer that can contain line breaks. Usually used for long text answers, like explanations.

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Demonstration of a text multiple lines block.

How to use

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


  • 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.


  • Limits
    Enable the Limits feature to control the amount of characters your respondents can enter. You can set the Minimum and Maximum character limits.
  • Transform
    Enable the Transform feature to determine how the answered text should be transformed. For example you can capitalize certain parts of the answer, or convert all characters to lowercase/uppercase.


  • Prefill
    Enable the Prefill feature to set a fixed initial value of this block.
  • 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.
  • 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 stored to the dataset of each result. Enable the Exportability feature to take control over the storage. You can then include/exclude the data from your dataset. Please note that if you exclude data from the dataset you can never see and/or use the given answers from your respondents to this block, because the data is simply not stored at all.
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Advanced settings of the text multiple lines block.


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

Block conditions

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


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).


You can use the calculator block to perform calculations with given answers. The text (multiple lines) block supports the following calculation operations:

  • Compare - Compare a text and output a value based on the result of the comparison;
  • Character count - Count the number of characters in a text;
  • Word count - Count the number of words in a text;
  • Line count - Count the number of lines in a text;
  • Count occurrences - Count the number of occurrences of a certain text, character or regular expression in a text;
  • Convert to number - Convert a text to a number value.

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