Form Building: A Complete Overview of Basic Fields

With Involve, you can create custom forms using our Form Builder. In this article, we'll be reviewing the three field types that are available in the Basic section of the Form Builder. These include Text fields, Number fields, and Choice fields!


Picture of a menu showing the text, number, and choice field options

Text Fields

The Text Field provides a space for your respondents to type a response to your question. There are three styles of text field you can choose from. After dragging a Text Field on to your form, click on Text Settings to choose from the following:


Dropdown menu showing three display options: Single Line, Paragraph, an Rich-text.

1. Single Line: Perfect for brief responses:


An example of the formatting for a single line text field. Text reads "Respondents can type brief answers here!".

2. Paragraph: For responses that require more detail, choose Paragraph and give respondents a little extra room:


Example of a paragraph style text response. Text reads, "Need a little more room to type a response? The paragraph field is ideal for more in depth responses. Character limits can be set on these fields if you wish to limit the length of a response."

Character limits can be set for both Single Line and Paragraph Text fields.  Under "Text Settings", place a check mark next to Restrict Length and enter the total minimum and/or maximum characters you'd like:


Image of the text settings on a text field showing the "restrict length" option.

3. Rich-Text: In addition to basic text responses, rich-text fields allow your responders to include content such as YouTube videos, hyperlinks, and images in their replies! Text can also be formatted, justified, bulleted, and more!


Image of a rich-text field and the formatting bar.

Number Fields

Number fields provide a wide range of choices for collecting numeric and scaled data. Like Text fields, there are three formatting options for the Number fields and each style can be customized too.


A menu showing three display options: Field, Scale, and Likert.
  • Field: Respondents will see a simple line and will only be able to input numbers.  Great for phone numbers or asking how many tacos a student will eat.

  • Scale: Creates a sliding scale for respondents to select from. You are able to set minimum and maximum values, as well as increments.


A menu showing a variety of settings for the number field including the "restrict value" option.
An example of a sliding number scale. The question reads, "On a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to recommend tacos to a friend? Answer: 9.50."
  • Likert: On a scale of 1-10, how much do you love Likert Scales? Us too! This field type is ideal for obtaining feedback and indicating student preference.

An example of a Likert scale with 5 choices

Choice Fields

Life (and form building) is all about choice. So we've given you some options when it comes to your Choice fields:

  • Dropdown: Respondents will click into the field and choose from a dropdown list of options:

  • List Options: This setting will allow respondents to see all their options and click on the choice they want:

  • Checkbox: Creates a list of options with radio buttons

Need to allow folks to choose multiple options? No problem! All three of the choice fields can allow for multiple choice selections!


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