A Checkboxes question is a question where multiple options are provided, and the user can choose more than one item from the options.

The following is an example of a Check Boxes question:

Which colors are your favorites?
Red Blue
Green Orange

The following is an example of a Custom Boxes question where text fields are used to allow the user to enter an integer value:

Please rank the following colors by entering the values 1-4 for each option:

Red Blue
Green Orange

The following is an example of a Custom Boxes question where list fields are used to allow the user to select an integer value from a list:

Please rank the following colors by entering the selecting a value for each option:

Red Blue
Green Orange

The following fields are specific to this question type and give you additional control over the display and behavior of this field:

List Options

1. List
 
If there are existing lists that administrators have added to the Web Forms tool, you may choose them from the drop-down list. These lists are reusable across any form. If the administrator makes any changes to the list, the changes will automatically be applied to any forms that use the list.

Note: Only administrators can manage global lists. For more information about global lists, see this help file.

Note: If the administrator has enabled Web Form Linking, you will have an additional list option called Link Web Form that allows you to use the responses of a Web Form as the list items for your question. For more information, see the Form Linking help file.

If you want to add your own list to the question, choose "Custom" from the drop-down list. The form will reload and display a text area where you can enter your list items, one per line. When finished, click the Add button, after which the form will be reloaded again. Now you can choose a default (if desired).

2. Type
 
If Check Boxes then normal check boxes will be used; if Text/List then users will be able to enter an integer value for each item or select an integer value from a drop-down list. See the next section for additional fields.
3. Defaults
 
You can choose multiple items that will be selected by default when the form is first displayed to the user (that the user can then change on his or her own).

Note: Defaults only apply to Check Boxes, not Custom Boxes.

4. Min Selections
 
This specifies the minimum number of items that the user must select. If the user submits the form having chosen fewer than the minimum, an error message will indicate that the minimum number of selections has not been met.
5. Max Selections
 
This specifies the maximum number of items that the user can select. If the user submits the form having chosen more than the maximum, an error message will indicate that the maximum number of selections has been exceeded.
6. Columns
 
This defines how many radio items will appear on a single line before breaking to a new line. For example, if there are ten options and you choose three columns, you will have three rows with three options each, and the last line will have one option.
7. Maximum Responses
 
If the value of this field is one or more, then out of the total responses added to the form, only this many will be able to choose any individual option. If the maximum has already been met for a specific option and the user chooses that option, an error message will be shown informing them that they will need to change their selection.

Additional List Options for Custom Boxes

1. Start Value
 
The first integer that will appear in the list. This can be negative, but must be a round number. If blank, then zero is assumed. If both the Start Value and End Value are either blank or zero, then a text box will be displayed instead where a value can be typed in.
2. End Value
 
The last integer that will appear in the list. This can be negative, but must be a round number. If blank, then zero is assumed. If both the Start Value and End Value are either blank or zero, then a text box will be displayed instead where a value can be typed in.
3. Increment
 
This is the amount that each value will increase in the list from Start Value to End Value. For example, if Start Value, End Value, and Increment are 0, 10, and 2 respectively, then the list items would be 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. If Start Value, End Value, and Increment where 100, 0, and -10 respective, then the list items would be 100, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 0. If both Start Value and End Value are blank or zero, then a text box will be displayed instead and the Increment value will be ignored. If Start Value and End Value are both non-blank and non-zero, then if the Increment value is blank or zero, a value of one will be assumed.
4. Unique Values
 
If enabled, then all items must be unique (not including zero values or blank values). This is an excellent way to force ranking questions without duplicate rankings.