Custom Field Type: Select Many – Check Boxes

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General Description

Displays as a set of check boxes in Edit mode. The user can select multiple values. In View mode the values are displayed as text, semi-colon delimited. The # of columns option is used to define the number of columns required for display.

Field Illustrated

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Select Many - Check Boxes field, in Edit Mode (above)

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Select Many - Check Boxes field, in View Mode (above)

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Setting the values for the Select Many - Check Boxes field, in General Settings (above)

Field Options

All common options:
General Settings
Permissions & Availability
Classic Options
For further information, please refer to Custom Fields – General Information.

Options listed below are specific to this particular field type.

  • Predefined Options: The values to be used for each checkbox, delimited by a semicolon with no spaces.
  • Sort Options To Display Vertically: allows the user to display values of a checkbox field with multiple columns of values in columns.
    The example below illustrates how values (designated "A" through "F") would be displayed if a checkbox field were to be configured with two columns:
“Sort Options To Display Vertically”
setting is Unchecked:
“Sort Options To Display Vertically”
setting is Checked:
  • Enable as Attributes -


If you want the value(s) stored in the field to be different from what is displayed beside the check boxes you can use the following syntax in the Values section:


The value before the equal sign will be stored. The value after the equal sign is what will be displayed by each check box, but does not get saved.

  • This technique is important when translating to other languages. The StoreValue must be the same in all languages. See here for further information.

Referencing the Value

When trying to reference the values of this custom field type, you must use @fieldname.value@ when the values in the combo box are 1=Yes;2=No;3=Maybe.

Using @fieldname.value@ will return the 1, 2, or 3.

Retired Options

If you need to hide options which are no longer being used but need to be retained for historical value, you can use the following syntax:

<ssRetiredOptions> </ssRetiredOptions>

Make sure there are semi-colons before and after the syntax.

Example: 1;2;3;<ssRetiredOptions>5;6</ssRetiredOptions>;7;8

When using this method, the retired options must not be the first options in the list. If the first option(s) in the list are to be retired, simply move them to the end of the list so that Option1;Option2;Option3 becomes Option2;Option3;<ssRetiredOptions>Option1</ssRetiredOptions>;

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