Free flow text fields can be a great way to capture answers or responses to open-ended questions, such as for comments or descriptions of observations. With iAuditor, you can select between two types of text answer questions, "Text: Short answer" and "Text: Paragraph", which can be used to let users know exactly how much information is required of them when conducting inspections.

This article outlines the format options available for text answers and how you can add text answer questions in the template editor on the web app and the mobile app. Keep in mind that the “Short answer” format allows only a single line of text to be visible during inspections, whereas the “Paragraph” format allows multiple lines of text or full paragraphs to be visible as required.

Format options

  • Short answer: Allows only a single line of text to be visible during inspections.
  • Paragraph: Allows multiple lines of text or paragraphs to be visible during inspections.

How to add a text answer question

You must have “View and Edit” permission at least for the template you wish to add a text answer question to. Learn how you can share your templates with your team.

Web app

  1. Log in to the iAuditor web app.
  2. Click "Templates" on the left-hand side menu.
  3. Hover your cursor over the template you wish to add a text answer question in.
  4. Click the blue “Edit” button on the right-side.
  5. Add a new question or select the existing one you wish to capture text answers with.
  6. Click the downward arrow under the “Type of response” column on the right-hand side.
  7. This shows the list of response types.
  8. Select “Text answer” from the list.
  9. The format by default uses “Short answer”.
  10. To change the format to capture paragraph text answers, click the format “Short answer” under the question label.
  11. Select “Paragraph”.
  12. Repeat from step 5 for any other text answer questions you wish to add.

Mobile app: Mobile phones

  1. Log in to iAuditor on your mobile phone.
  2. Tap on “Inspections” at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Select the “Templates” tab at the top of your screen.
  4. Search and select the template you wish to add a barcode scanner question in.
  5. Select “Edit template” from the pop-up options.
  6. Add a new question or select the existing one you wish to capture barcodes with.
  7. Tap the downward arrow below the question.
  8. This shows the list of response types.
  9. Select “Text answer” from the list.
  10. The format by default uses “Short answer”.
  11. To change the format to capture paragraph text answers, tap the 3 dots below the question.
  12. Tap the format “Short answer”.
  13. Select “Paragraph”.
  14. Repeat from step 6 for any other text answer questions you wish to add.

Mobile app: Tablets

  1. Log in to iAuditor on your mobile tablet.
  2. Tap on “Inspections” at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Select the “Templates” tab at the top of your screen.
  4. Search and tap the pen icon of the template you wish to add a text answer question in.
  5. Add a new question or select the existing one you wish to capture text answers with.
  6. Tap the downward arrow under the “Type of response” column on the right-hand side.
  7. This shows the list of response types.
  8. Select “Text answer” from the list.
  9. The format by default uses “Short answer”.
  10. To change the format to capture paragraph text answers, tap the format “Short answer” under the question label.
  11. Select “Paragraph”.
  12. Repeat from step 5 for any other text answer questions you wish to add.
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