Drop Down


The Drop Down field allows users to select one option from a list. It is available under the Standard Fields section within the form editor.

Dropdown Widget Selector

Drop Down field as displayed in the Field Library

Drop Down Field

Drop Down field as displayed in the Form Editor.

Important: If your choice labels contain any HTML or special characters such as ampersands, commas, pipes, hyphens or brackets of any type, you MUST enable the show values feature and give each choice a simple and unique value which does not contain any special characters. Failure to configure values could cause issues for features such as calculations, conditional logic, dynamic population, and validation.

The value for each choice must be unique in any case, even if you’re not using HTML or special characters for the choice labels.

Common Settings

This field uses only common field settings for the Advanced settings. For a description of each of the common field settings, refer to this article. Below you will find description of specialty settings that are particular to this field.

General Settings

Click the Edit Choices button under Choices to open the Edit Choices flyout.

GForms Checkbox Field General Settings

ChoicesAdd Choices to this field. You can mark each choice as checked by default by using the checkbox that appear to the left of each choice. Add a new choice by clicking the PLUS icon and delete a choice by clicking the DELETE icon.
Show ValuesChecking this option will allow you to specify a value for each choice. Choice values are not displayed to the user viewing the form, but are accessible to administrators when viewing the entry.
Bulk Add / Predefined ChoicesClicking the Bulk Add / Predefined Choices allows you to select a category and customize the predefined choices or paste your own list to bulk add choices. See this article for more information.

Appearance Settings

PlaceholderThe Placeholder will not be submitted along with the form. You can use the Placeholder to require the user to select any of choices.
Enable enhanced user interfaceBy selecting this option, the chosen jQuery script will be applied to this field, enabling search capabilities to Drop Down fields and a more user-friendly interface for Multi Select fields.

Advanced Settings

Default ValuePre-populates the value of the Drop Down field. Enter the choice you would like to display.

Merge Tags

For more information on the use of merge tags, refer to these articles.


{Field Name:2:modifier}


:valueOutputs the value of the field instead of the choice label.
:currencyConverts the value to a currency value.


If you’re going to use this field type in a calculation formula, please check Number Formatting Rules in the Calculations doc page.