System Defaults in the Builder

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One way to save users' time filling out forms is auto-populating repetitive information that otherwise slows them down.

System Defaults

The System Default field setting, available on Text Fields in the Style of Single Line, allows you to dynamically pull in information based on account data collected by GoCanvas that is specific to the user who is logged in. For example, automatically populating a field with the First and Last name of the user filling out the form saves time on a repetitive task and is slightly faster than selecting an option from a drop down powered by reference data.


System Default is not available on text fields in the style of Multiple Lines.

  1. Find or create a text field.
  2. Select the gear icon for that field to open the Field Settings modal.BETA_New Text_Settings Gear.png
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Field Settings modal.
  4. Expand the System Default drop down menu and scroll on the modal to reveal the menu.

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System Default defaults to None, that is, the text field will be empty when the user arrives at the screen. The other options that appear are all specific to the user who is currently logged into GoCanvas.

The email address used to log into GoCanvas.
Company Name
The name of the company registered to GoCanvas, as defined in the Billing Info settings (under Billing Contact).
First Name
The user's first name as provided when creating their account.
Last Name
The user's last name as provided when creating their account.
Full Name (First Last)
The first and last names provided when creating the account.

GoCanvas Tip

You could make this field Read Only, too, if you don't want your user to be able to edit it. Since it is probably not necessary that this field ever gets edited, you may as well make it Read Only, or even turn off Mobile Visible, so your user skips over it quickly.

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