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Do More Online with Forms

Forms are how you communicate with a website. Learn to use online forms with confidence!

Search

Web forms are everywhere!

Even for a simple web search you use a web form. On the internet, people use this kind of form billions of times each day to search on a Search Engine like Google, or in the search box within many websites


Search boxes


Making a Search is Simple as 1,2,3

  1. Click in the Box where you want to type
  2. Type or enter your question
  3. Press ENTER to confirm or GO/SUBMIT

Search

Click in the box, type a question and press Enter or Go

When you click 'Go' you will be sent to the top of this page.

Tip:

You often have the option to speak your question when you Search - look out for the "microphone" symbol. You can click on the microphone and actually speak the questions you want to ask.   Speak clearly and slowly and with a little practise this works very well.


Now try it!    Click any of the following, and type your search into the  box  Google, Argos, Amazon

Add Some Details

Beyond making a simple search, most forms ask you to add more than one bit of information.

Each 'field' is kept in its proper place in a database, so you need to add the right bit of info into each box.


Important:

  • Fill in each box in order on the screen.
  • Click in a box BEFORE you start typing
  • Don't forget to click on SUBMIT/GO when you have finished

Example: Add some details




Don't forget:

When you click 'Go' you will be sent to the top of this page.

Drop down menus

Choose an option from a list

To help you choose an option, many forms have Drop Down lists.


  1. Click on the Box and your options appear
  2. Click your choice from the list
  3. Move on to the next box or finish with GO/SUBMIT

Example Drop Down Menu - choose the month of the year

 

Finish with:

When you click 'Submit' you will be sent to the top of this page.

Radio Buttons and Check Lists

Radio Buttons

Radio Buttons give you another way to make choices on your web form.
The difference between Drop Down menus and Radio Buttons/Check Lists is that they show all your options at once.

Example check box - show your holiday destination



Don't forget:

When you click 'Submit' you will be sent to the top of this page.


 

Example Radio Buttons - show your holiday destination




Finish with:

When you click 'Submit' you will be sent to the top of this page.


Mixed Forms

Many online forms use a mixture of 'input fields'

Simply

  1. Start at the top and work your way down
  2. Click in each box where you make a choice
  3. Don't forget to finish the form when you are ready to move on with GO/SUBMIT


Some fields MUST be completed, others are optional. Usually you can see the compulsory ones as they have a * beside the entry


If you haven't done everything right, the page usually shows a message to tell you what you have missed or needs to be corrected before you can continue

2 Checks on forms

Sometimes you need to type something twice


Sometimes you need to type your email and/or password, especially when you are registering on a website for the first time.

It's not a mistake! The website is simply checking that you can type something exactly the same twice, to avoid keeping your details wrong.
If it remembers your password 'wrong' it will be very difficult for you you to get right in the future.



Captcha Codes

Captcha code
You will often see a simple puzzle at the bottom of a form which you have to complete before you can GO/SUBMIT.  

Many sites explain this Capcha Code with a short code such as 'Just checking you're not a robot'.

If you can't do the puzzle, you can easily ask for another. If you can't see the puzzle, you can often listen to it instead..

Upload to a website

When you need to upload a CV, picture or letter from a computer or mobile device to a website.  It's just a question of doing things in the right order:


Before you begin

1. On the website where you want to upload

You need to be logged in to your own account on the website and on the page where you can upload.
(This means you must already have registered with the website and have your password handy)


2. You need to know where your file is saved on your device.

To check where your file is on a PC, open your File Explorer. Often you will find your file in Desktop, Downloads or Documents.

In any case, you will find it in the folder where it was saved.

3. If you are on an Android device, downloaded CVs are usually found in Downloads, which you can find in your list of Apps


Now Upload your file

1. On the website page where you can upload your file, click Browse to look in your device for the file you want to upload

Upload a file
2. When you have found your file, click on it and choose Insert.

3. Click Upload File in the web page. This will pull your file into to the website, and the site will tell you if it's been successful and your upload is ready to use.

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