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Checkboxes vs Radio Buttons vs Dropdowns

📑 Designing a survey or order form on Tilda, you can choose any of the 20 available types of input fields. Visitors often fill out forms intuitively based on their experience that can greatly vary. Check out our tips that'll help you make the right choice between dropdowns, radio buttons, or checkboxes.

This type of field is best when the visitor has to select one option from the list. It's handy if you have many multiword options but little space on the screen.

The disadvantage is that the user doesn't see all the options at once and has to scroll additionally. If the list is long, you can add the question as the first option so that the question remains visible.

Add dropdowns in the Content panel of blocks featuring forms with multiple input fields → Input Fields → select "Dropdown" under Type.

🔘 Radio Buttons
Round radio buttons are handy when there aren't many options and only one answer. Users see all the options at once, and it's easy to compare the answers, unlike dropdowns. We suggest you use radio buttons if you have no more than 5 answer options.

To add radio buttons to the form, select "Question with answers" under Type → "Radio button" under Type of Answer.

🔽 Checkboxes
Сheckboxes allow visitors to select several answers from the list with not too many options. Try to shorten question and option titles to simplify the selection process.

A single checkbox is handy to confirm the agreement or subscribe to the newsletter. Unlike radio buttons, you use only one visual element for two actions yes/no.

It should be obvious for visitors what happens if they tick or don't tick the checkbox. Avoid using "no" and "not" in the sentences as it complicates understanding.

To add a checkbox to the form, select "Checkbox" under Type or select "Question with answers" under Type → "Checkboxes" under Type of Answer.
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