How to Customize Form Field Options

Would you like some easy-to-use options to customize your form fields? Each WPForms field comes with a bunch of built-in ways to let you build forms to meet your specific needs.

In this tutorial, we’ll discuss the many options available to customize fields in your forms.


Before you get started, make sure WPForms is installed and activated on your site. Then you’ll need to create a new form or edit an existing one.

General Field Options

Once the form builder is open, you can add, remove, and edit fields. To open the options for a field, simply click on it in the preview area.

Opening the field options

Changing Field Label Text

When you first add a field to your form, the label will match the field type (for example, “Checkboxes” or “Multiple Items”). However, you can edit the Label text and make it whatever you’d like.

Changing the field label text

Adding Description Text

You can also choose to add Description text to your form fields.

Adding description text to a field

This text will display below the input/options area.

Previewing description text in the form builder

For more details, please see our tutorial on adding extra text to your forms.

Requiring a Field

Under the Description option, you can toggle on the Required option to make a field mandatory.

Making a field required

If a user skips a required field and tries to submit the form, a validation message will display reminding them to fill out that field.

A validation message for a required field that has been left empty

Note: Did you know that you can customize validation message text? For details, please see our validation message tutorial.

Advanced Field Options

Advanced Field Options offer even more customization settings for your fields. To locate these, you’ll need to click on the Advanced tab.

Opening the Advanced Field Options tab

Selecting a Field Size

Most fields will include an option to change the field size, which can be super useful when customizing the appearance of your forms.

If this option is available for the type of field you’re editing, you’ll see a Field Size dropdown. Options will include Small, Medium, and Large.

Changing the field size

In most cases, the Field Size will determine the width of the field within your form.

Examples of the available field sizes in WPForms

However, there’s one exception. For Paragraph Text fields, the Field Size will set the height of the input area.

Note: If you’d like to place more than one field in the same row, please see our tutorial on multi-column form layouts.

Adding Placeholder Text

Many fields will allow you to add Placeholder Text, which displays until the user starts typing their own text.

Adding placeholder text

You can use placeholder text to provide instructions or even to change the design of a form. If you’d like to know more, we’ve shared additional details and examples in our placeholder text tutorial.

Hiding a Field Label

If you’d like a more compact or simplified form, you may want to consider hiding your fields’ labels.

To do this, you’ll need to toggle on the Hide Label option.

Hiding field labels and sub-labels

Note: If you choose to hide field labels, please still be sure to enter a relevant name into the label of the field. Since the label will still appear in your entry details, this will help you identify each field.

Setting a Default Value

In some cases, you may want parts of a form to be pre-filled for users. That way you can save users a little effort, but they can still change the input or selection if they need to.

If this option is available for the type of field you’re editing, you’ll see a Default Value field in the Advanced tab.

Setting a default value for a field

For more details and examples, including defaults for Checkboxes and Multiple Choice fields, be sure to check out our guide to adding default values to fields.

Note: Want to pull user data or information from your site into your forms as default values? Check out our tutorial on using Smart Tags to learn how.

Adding Multi-Column Layouts or CSS Classes

Multi-column layouts are one of the easiest ways to make your forms look more compact. In WPForms, you don’t need to know any code to set them up.

After opening the Advanced section for a field, look for the CSS Classes option. To the right side of this field, click Show Layouts.

Opening the visual layouts tool

This will open the visual layouts tool, which will automatically add the CSS classes you need to create your desired multi-column layout.

Available multi-column layouts in WPForms

For a more detailed guide, be sure to check out our tutorial on creating multi-column form layouts.

Or, if you’d like to add custom CSS, we have a guide to using your own custom CSS classes as well.

Special Options for Checkboxes and Multiple Choice Fields

Below, we’ll discuss a few additional options available specifically for Checkboxes and Multiple Choice fields.

Adding Image Choices

You can easily add images to any Checkboxes, Multiple Choice, or Multiple Items field. To do so, you just need to toggle on the Use image choices option.

Enabling image options

After this setting is turned on, you’ll be able to upload images for each option within your field.

Uploading image choices

For more details, please see our tutorial on adding image choices to your forms.

Randomizing Options

Randomizing the options you provide can help to avoid order bias, which is especially beneficial if you’re using our Surveys and Polls addon.

In the Advanced tab for any Checkboxes or Multiple Choice field, you can toggle on the Randomize Choices option.

Turning on the Randomize Choices option

Displaying Dynamic Choices

The Dynamic Choices option is super useful if you want choices in a Checkboxes, Multiple Choice, or Dropdown field to be the names of pages, posts, categories, or tags on your site. When enabled, this option will automatically populate the choices for the field (and keep them updated if you add or remove content or taxonomies).

To set up this option, open the Advanced tab and select options from the Dynamic Choices and Dynamic Source dropdowns.

Displaying dynamic choices

For more details, please see our tutorial on setting up dynamic choices.

That’s it! You can now customize your form fields with tons of built-in options in WPForms.

Next, would you also like to add smart logic to customize your forms even further? Be sure to check out our tutorial on conditional logic for details and lots of examples.