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Add instructional text to my text field that will disappear when clicked? I want to add some text into a form field to instruct respondents how to fill out the field and have the text disappear when the respondent clicks the field.

Zomaxx
Level 2
Level 2

Is there a way to add instructional text to my text field that will disappear when clicked?  I want to add some text into a form field to instruct respondents how to fill out the field and have the text disappear when the respondent clicks the field. Is this possible? !

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lateniteNC
Level 4
Level 4

Try this:

  • Create a text field; select the field and on the object palette, select the accessibility tab. In the tool tip, write your instructional text.
  • Now we need to write some code. In the script window, using javascript, place the following code in the field's initialize event:

this.execEvent("exit");

this.format.picture.value = "null{'" + this.assist.toolTip.value + "'}";`

  • Next, place this code in the field's enter event:

this.fontColor = "0,0,0";

this.font.posture = "normal";

Finally, place this code in the field's exit event:

if (this.isNull){

this.fontColor = "153,153,153";

this.font.posture = "italic";

this.caption.font.fill.color.value = "0,0,0";

this.caption.font.posture = "normal";

}

Now, preview your form. The instructional text should be in a grey color in italicized font. When your user types in the field, the instructional text will disappear.

Zomaxx
Level 2
Level 2

Thank you your quick reply ! I will check it today...Have a nice day..