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Getting Started: Field Hints

What's a hint?
A hint is a helpful little companion to a form field. They give you handy clues and directions about what's needed.

Poppin’s customer registration form, for example, explains what the password hint is for. It's also clear that you don't need a partner code.

Here's another example: When you're signing up for a WordPress blog, it's useful to know that you can change your website address later.
 
Good hints are valuable
Be sure to consider how you can write the best, most useful hints for your users.
Let’s say your form requires an Account Number. You could write a hint to provide some information about the expected format, like "123-4567-89" — but that can be done through input validation.
Instead, why not use this space to help people find their Account Number?

 
Adding hints is easy with FormAssembly

 
Try it yourself!
Or, see our example form for hints in action. You can also get the template.
 
4 ways to display hints
You can add hints below, on the side, in a pop-up, or as placeholder text. Each location has different benefits, so you should think about what you need and how your respondents are going to see the form. It's all about their experience, so you want the hints to be as helpful as possible!
 
Here's a handy pros and cons list:

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