How do I add a second "save progress" button on a form?

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How do I add a second "save progress" button on a form?

So here's the deal:

I've built a form where the user can go in, write answers, and then go back and edit them. If something is left blank upon submit, they're taken to a page that says "thanks! Your progress has been saved." If it's all filled out and ready to go, and they hit submit, they're taken to a page that says "Thank you for your form submission! Someone will be in touch shortly."

Sounds good, right? Our program on the back end is built to listen for the visit to the 'saved progress' page or the 'thank you' page, and we take it from there.

However! This has the potential to create a confusing user experience (or so I hear). So they want me to put in a second button that says "save progress". It will basically function exactly the same as the submit button, except it will direct them to the 'save progress' page no matter what.

What can I do to build a second button that listens to my form, but always directs to the "save progress" page? Would it maybe be like a hidden form type thing (ex: add a Marketo hidden form to a button on another site, except this time it's a different button and on the same site)? Thoughts as to what I can do? Or resources for documentation I may have missed?

Thanks!

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Re: How do I add a second "save progress" button on a form?

To put this a different way, you want to know (on the server) the last submit button that was clicked.

So add click event listeners to each button. The listener imply sets document.location.hash to the ID of the target button (meaning it gets switched automatically between buttons)

EDIT: because of a bug in the forms library this tack won't actually work. Instead, you can set a (hidden) form field based on the submit button that was last clicked.  Then add a filter on that field in your Smart Campaign. It's not as good as having a direct constraint on Filled Out Form but will probably do for you.

This CodePen demo shows the approach:

   MktoForms2 :: 2nd Submit Button 

If you look in the F12 Console, you can see the field Last_Clicked_Submit_Button__c is set to "native" or "alternate" depending on which button you click to submit. (Click "Run" before submitting the form again, since the demo form disables itself each time you submit.)

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Re: How do I add a second "save progress" button on a form?

OP please return to your thread and check responses.

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Re: How do I add a second "save progress" button on a form?

Hi Sanford Whiteman, thanks for the heads up. For some reason any responses to my posts get sent straight to spam, so it took me a bit to circle back around.

I got it to work....sort of. 

On the original page, I put the field tokens in the text area for each answer, so as to pre-populate text for anyone who had 'saved progress.' The fields would appear blank when initially visiting the page, and would pop up the answers upon revisit as the default values. This worked great when I loaded the form in a form element, and behaved as expected. ("but what about enable form pre-fill?" you might ask. It's enabled, but it doesn't work.)

When I retooled it, I had to turn the area into an HTML element. Which, that's fine, it looks better than what was showing up on the freeform page before. I loaded the form script, put in your script below that to tell it what to do with the alternate submit button, etc. But - now the tokens are displaying as default values (like, the tokens themselves, not the values they refer to), and doesn't return previous answers as field values. I took the tokens out, but it's blank. We're seeing the right stuff on the back-end, but the user has no way of knowing the answers they were previously working on.

Is there additional javascript I can add to save the answers and re-populate them upon revisit? We have a first step in the process to identify the lead with a form, then it directs them to this questionnaire as the second step. Again, that part is still working fine on the back end, but the user isn't seeing their information populated.

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Re: How do I add a second "save progress" button on a form?

I don't understand what forced you to use orphaned Textareas in RTs instead of real Textarea fields.

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Re: How do I add a second "save progress" button on a form?

It's a long story. 😕

Basically, someone else set this up, with a second button that didn't do anything. He's gone, and I'm trying to make it work. 

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Re: How do I add a second "save progress" button on a form?

Also, it looks like when I add new answers to the form, it does not overwrite the progress, whereas before it used to.

I'm wondering if I shouldn't go back to my old approach, where the form was in a form element, and the lead tokens displayed the field value as a default, but otherwise showed up blank. If I do that, I really just need a second button that lives in its own html element, that always directs to the 'save progress' page. What do I need to do to code this second button/tell it where to direct the user upon submit?

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Re: How do I add a second "save progress" button on a form?

You don't need any code. If you add the "last button clicked" field as a Hidden field in Form Editor (that is, not waiting for JS to create the field) then you can use Advanced Thank You choices to direct the lead based on that value.