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    • clareski
    • By clareski 14th Jun 19, 7:53 PM
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    Expanding a text box
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    • 14th Jun 19, 7:53 PM
    Expanding a text box 14th Jun 19 at 7:53 PM
    I am trying to complete an application form, and need to put 2500 words of free text. The dialogue box only lets me see about 10 words at a time then continues to scroll.

    How do I expand the box to see what I am typing, and be able to bullet point and paragraph?
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 14th Jun 19, 7:58 PM
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    Do it in a word document then copy and last across?
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    • victor2
    • By victor2 14th Jun 19, 8:13 PM
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    Do it in a word document then copy and last across?
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    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 14th Jun 19, 8:37 PM
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    • 14th Jun 19, 8:37 PM
    Is this an online form? An interactive pdf? A Word document?


    The answer will depend on what it is you're using.


    If it's in a browser, is there a little triangle or similar in the bottom right corner? Click that and drag out to resize the box.
    • googler
    • By googler 14th Jun 19, 9:01 PM
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    • 14th Jun 19, 9:01 PM
    Type it up in a text document, then copy/paste into the box
    • clareski
    • By clareski 14th Jun 19, 9:06 PM
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    • 14th Jun 19, 9:06 PM
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    • 14th Jun 19, 9:06 PM
    Its an online form, cannot see anything to expand
    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 14th Jun 19, 10:24 PM
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    • 14th Jun 19, 10:24 PM
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    • 14th Jun 19, 10:24 PM
    Are you using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 by any chance?

    The resize handle bottom right of text boxes is not supported by Edge (or Internet Explorer come to that), but is by pretty much any other browser.

    As to bullet points, that may not even be an option, a lot depends on how the form is set up.
    • FannyFielding
    • By FannyFielding 15th Jun 19, 7:53 AM
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    • 15th Jun 19, 7:53 AM
    Use Notepad or pure text editor to compose your message. If you cut and paste from a Word document it can add all sorts of strange characters in my experience.
    • victor2
    • By victor2 15th Jun 19, 8:20 AM
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    • 15th Jun 19, 8:20 AM
    I am trying to complete an application form, and need to put 2500 words of free text. The dialogue box only lets me see about 10 words at a time then continues to scroll.

    How do I expand the box to see what I am typing, and be able to bullet point and paragraph?
    Originally posted by clareski
    Many online forms (should) strip out a lot of formatting codes, as they can lead to code injection attacks. So there will be little beyond plain text that you should attempt, even using tabs will not guarantee to keep the positioning you see when typing it up. Why are you trying to put so much information into a small text box anyway? Isn't that way more than is expected? Can't you attach or email a seperate document to the application?
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 15th Jun 19, 1:51 PM
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    Why are you trying to put so much information into a small text box anyway? Isn't that way more than is expected?
    Originally posted by victor2

    Apparently not.



    I am trying to complete an application form, and need to put 2500 words of free text.
    Originally posted by clareski

    Although I have to say 2,500 words is a hell of a lot of text, I wonder if the limit is actually 2,500 characters.
    • capital0ne
    • By capital0ne 16th Jun 19, 5:43 PM
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    Do it in a word document then copy and last across?
    Originally posted by elsien
    Don't use word, use Notepad - Word will fill your text with hidden formatting that may not paste properly into a web text entry box
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 17th Jun 19, 6:29 AM
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    Why are you trying to put so much information into a small text box anyway? Isn't that way more than is expected?
    Originally posted by victor2
    I had a similar problem recently. Maximum 2500 characters but all you could see was about 18 characters. 3 boxes on the same form. Whoever put the form together clearly didn't consider what it would be like to use these boxes.
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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 17th Jun 19, 7:54 AM
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    If it's in a browser, is there a little triangle or similar in the bottom right corner? Click that and drag out to resize the box.
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