Adding Choices in Bulk

Do you want to quickly add a long list of items as options in your form? By using the Bulk Add option in the Dropdown, Multiple Choice, and Checkboxes fields, it’s easy to add a bunch of choices to your form all at the same time, instead of creating each choice individually.

This tutorial will show you how to use the Bulk Add tool for your own custom options, as well as how to include our pre-made lists for common options.

Creating a Form

Before getting started, you’ll first need to make sure WPForms is installed and activated on your WordPress site and that you’ve verified your license. Then you can create a new form or edit an existing one to access the form builder.

Once the form builder is open, you’ll be able to bulk add selection options to any of the following field types:

  • Dropdown
  • Multiple Choice
  • Checkboxes

Note: The Multiple Choice field allows users to select only one option at a time. If you’d like to allow users to choose multiple options when filling out your form, we suggest using the Checkboxes field instead.

For this example, we’ll add a Dropdown field.

Add dropdown field

If you click on the Dropdown field you’ve just added, you’ll be able to see its Field Options. By default, there will be three placeholder options auto-generated for you. To bulk add more options, you can click on Bulk Add.

Click bulk add

From here, an input field will drop down where you can choose between creating your own choices or adding preset choices.

Bulk add choices input field

We’ll go over how to add custom and preset choices in the next steps.

Adding Custom Choices

If you’d like to bulk add a list of custom choices, you can type them right into the Add Choices (one per line) box. Just be sure to only put one option on each line.

Add custom options

If you have an existing list, you can even copy and paste that right into this box. Just remember to double-check that the options are formatted the way you want.

Once you’ve added all of the choices you want, you can just click the Add New Choices button. All choices will automatically be added to the list, below any existing choices.

Click add new choices button

Adding Preset Choices

If you’d like to add a pre-made list of choices, you can select the Show presets option.

Click show presets

Once you’ve clicked this, a list of preset options will appear.

Bulk add presets

Here is a list of the available preset options:

  • Countries: The full names of all countries
  • Countries Postal Code: The 2-letter code for all countries
  • States: The full names of all US states
  • States Postal Code: The 2-letter code for all US states
  • Months: The full name of all months of the year
  • Days: The full name of all days of the week

By clicking any of these preset options, the corresponding list will automatically be populated for you. Now you have the chance to make any changes to the list before the choices are actually added.

For our example, we’ll use the preset option to bulk add the full list of states to our dropdown.

Bulk add states

This list already looks just how we want, so we’re going to click the Add New Choices button.

Click add new choices button for presets

Any choices that already existed will still be in place, and the new options will be added below those.

Removing Unwanted Choices

The last step is to remove any choices that you don’t want available. In our example, we want to remove the default choices.

To delete any choices you don’t want to keep, simply click the minus () button.

Click minus icon

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I allow users to search through options in a Dropdown?

Absolutely! You can add search functionality by navigating to the Advanced tab and enabling the Modern style.

Modern style dropdown

Here’s an example of how things might look on the frontend of your site:

Searchable Dropdown in WPForms

Note: If you’d like more information on how you can change the Dropdown field’s look or functionality, be sure to check out our tutorial on Dropdown field customization options.

That’s it! You can now bulk add choices to any Dropdown, Multiple Choice, and Checkboxes field.

Now that you probably have a long list of options, would you like to be able to display your Multiple Choice and Checkboxes fields in a more user-friendly layout? Check out our tutorial on creating multi-column layouts.