The Checkboxes control is used to select one or more options from the given list of choices. It is a small interactive box that can be toggled by the user to indicate an affirmative or negative choice. When clicked, a checkmark (✓) appears inside the box, to indicate an affirmative choice (yes). When clicked again, the checkmark disappears, indicating a negative choice (no). A user can select multiple values in Checkbox control. For example, a checkbox can be used to let the user check all the certifications from the given options.
- Label: Label is the text that is displayed above the text box and helps the user to understand what the Checkbox is for.
- Properties: These properties help you customize the Label by changing the text size, weight ( Light, Normal, Bold, Extra Bold, X Extra Bold), alignment (Left, Center, Right, Justified) and color of the label.
- Type: The Type field is automatically generated depending upon the type of control used. In this case, it is a “checkboxes” type.
- Unique Name: A Unique Name is used to uniquely identify a control in your App. Every control that is added on the screen gets an auto-generated Unique Name on the basis of the Label name given to the control.
- Submit Data: This field lets you determine whether to send the value of the control or not in Workflow based on various control states. There are three conditions that could be set for this field.
- Always: When this condition is selected, the checked box will be submitted irrespective of the state of the Checkbox.
- Never: When this condition is selected, the checked box will never be submitted irrespective of the state of the Checkbox.
- No When Hidden: When this condition is selected, the checked box will be submitted if the Checkbox is visible and not submitted when the Checkbox is hidden.
- Required: When you select the required option, the field becomes a mandatory field and the user can not submit without filling it.
- Read Only: When you select this option, the user will no longer be able to edit this field.
- Hidden: The hidden option helps you to hide the field from the user. This might help if you want to show certain fields only when a specific condition is met/not met.
- Caching: When the caching option is selected and if a LOOKUP formula is applied to this control, the state that the LOOKUP returns will be cached and the user will be able to see this state in the Checkbox even when the user accesses the microapp later with no connectivity. This option is required when you want your app to be accessible in offline mode as well and getting the latest data from the sheets always is not critical.
- Hide Label: This option hides the label of the Checkbox from the view.
- Others Option: This allows respondents to provide an answer that is outside of your predetermined list of answer options with the help of a text box.
- Placeholder: This option is visible when you select the Others option. It is a prompt that gives a hint to the user as to what has to be done and is overridden when the user types something into it.
- Theme: This lets you choose the color of the Checkbox. You can either enter a custom hex code value or use one from the available themes in the builder.
How to Use a Checkboxes control ?
Start with selecting the Checkboxes control from the Selection section of the Controls Menu.
The Checkboxes will then appear on the screen in the builder, you can then set all the above properties as per your requirements.
You can use the F option to bind data to the Checkbox and the V option to add validations to the field. You can learn more about validations here. There are four ways in which you can bind data to the Checkbox field.
- Static Data: This is used to directly type in the text for each option that you want to display and add more options by pressing the Enter key when you are at the last option. You can use the Selected option to define which of the options you wish to be selected by default.
- Sheet: This allows you to get data from a sheet and display it as the options of the Checkbox.
- Control: This allows you to bind data to the Checkbox by using another control’s value present in the microapp.
- Formula: This is used to apply formulas and store the output of those formulas in the Checkbox. You can learn more about formulas here.