PlatoForms User Guide
  • Form Builder

    Creating an Online Form for an Existing PDF

  • Custom Domain

    With Builder you can build three types of forms: online web forms, online PDF forms, and master forms.

  • Master Form Builder

    you will arrive at the Form Builder. On the form Builder, there are three main sections:

Configure Workflow steps

This article provides guidance on configuring settings for each step within the workflow. After you’ve added steps in the Workflow, for each step, you can:

Configure workflows

  • Click the Notification (bell) button to configure notifications specific to that step. For more details, refer to the Configure form notifications section.
  • Click the Settings (gear) button to configure settings for steps after the initial step. For more details, see the Configure step settings below.

Configure step settings

  1. Click the Settings (gear) button located at the bottom left corner of your desired step.

    This will open the Settings window.

    workflow step settings

  2. Switch on/off each option to change the settings for the step. For more details, refer to the Introduce settings options.

Introduce settings options

  • Combine data across steps

    When enabled, this option will combine data from various steps into one PDF, including information submitted in each form for the final step’s generated PDF.


    Imagine a customer gives their details in Step 1 and in the final Step 2, you need the manager’s signature. When you enable this, the PDF will merge both steps, showing both the customer’s info and the signature together on one page in the final PDF.

  • Display previous step’s data in current form


    This option is applicable to online PDF forms only.

    When enabled, this option will show data from the previous steps on the PDF of the current step. This helps users easily refer to earlier information while filling out the form.


    A sales manager can review a sales form to understand what they are signing.

  • Include link to previous step’s PDF

    When enabled, a link to the PDF generated after completing the previous step will appear at the bottom of your form. This link lets you easily access the PDF from the previous stage. This feature is particularly helpful in these scenarios:

    • If your form isn’t an online PDF form,
    • Or if you’ve turned off the Use previously filled PDF as current form template option.

    It’s a handy way to access earlier step information without adding it directly to the current PDF template.

  • Include link to previous step’s form

    When enabled, this option will add a link at the bottom of the current form. Clicking the link will open the form from the previous step, allowing you to edit a previous submission. This is helpful if you anticipate needing to revise information provided in earlier steps.


    To use this option, you need Form Submitter permission for the previous step’s form. If you encounter an access denied error (HTTP 403), ensure you’re logged into PlatoForms and have set the Form Submitter permission for the previous form to Public.

  • Automatically fill fields with matching labels

    When enabled, this option ensures that fields in the current step of the form are pre-filled with values from the previous step, provided their labels are the same. This convenience is available for the following field types:

    • Text
    • Choice
    • Dropdown
    • Signature

    Please note that File Upload or Photo fields cannot be automatically filled with previous values.

  • Automatically fill fields with matching display name

    When enabled, this option prioritizes matching the field’s display name before considering its label during copying. A field display name is a unique identifier assigned to a particular field in an online form, used for submissions management on the Submissions page. Refer to the Use field display name section for more details.

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