How do i display the responses (in a note) that i made for a multiple response question?

Hello, I have a multiple choice question, and I want the selected label option to show in a note question, there’s no problem if I have only one answer but If I have 2 it doesn’t show anymore, what can I do? I need to show the answers at the end.

the xls form

the form

just quick reply, sorry.
You may use selected-at(,) with jr:choice-label and concat … to get them all together.
Kind regards

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Hi @analucia_espinoza,

Just backing up with and example on what @wroos has suggested earlier.

In the survey tab of the xlsform:

In the choices tab of the xlsform:
Image 2

Output seen in Enekto:

Reference xlsform:
Display Response for Multiple Choice.xlsx (42.4 KB)



first note could be simply:
note note1 Selected fruits: ${Q1}.
(The selected names (not labels) in a multiple_select variable are stored as textstring, separated by blanks.)
Kind regards


Thank you very much!! It’s working perfectly, Now I try to use join to separate each selection with a comma, but it only works for repeating groups. I don’t want to have a lot of commas showing in my note… If a person only selects two people then I want only one comma, if they select three people, then I want two…

This is what I don’t want…

Is there a way I can get only the commas that I need according to the number of names selected?

What you are looking for is more like putting constraint on the number of commas that should be presented based on the number of names. Unfortunately this is not something that can be done using a straight forward approach as pulling the name. My suggestion would be you use a different separator such as a space between the names. The space would not be visible since it is not a visible character.


Dear @stephanealoo,
putting space (or new line) directly between the ${) $() into the note seems NOT to work (at least not in Enketo/View), as KoBo removes them here in the note. You can see it, when you view the xls. sent by @Kal_Lam. What is strange here, maybe a bug even?

The blank could be added in each calculate for the labels (by concatenate).
Or in an additional calculate variable for the whole string. In note label unfortunately function are not possible, as far as I now.

So, what is generally a good solution to separate/format longer not output with ${…}s? E.g. to list them one per line.
Kind regards

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Hello! How can I list them one per line? I tried to use
, but it shows in the form :frowning:

Dear @analucia_espinoza,
I tried to find some solutions. See attached xls. Display Response for Multiple Choice 02.xlsx (53.0 KB) . Beside the note, there is also an option with a select and text field (both read_only). The multiline text option might not work in KoBoCollect.

What seems to work equally for KoBoCollect and Enketo is the option with the (read_only) select list as output

There might be an important difference between the behavior on blanks and newlines between KoBoCollect and Enketo (web), also active in VIEW mode.
So, it might even work very simple with putting blanks or newlines (Ctrl-Enter) in the note label on mobile device. I would be interested to know what works in KoBoCollect.

In Enketo/View-mode the system internally seems changing/reducing blanks and newlines and the formatting, as you can see with the xls.

I think, there might be an easier solution to force a user-defined formatting in a note (or other text). Maybe @Kal_Lam or @stephanealoo could suggest one.

There is also a general hints in the community about newlines, see

Maybe @Tino_Kreutzer could give an UPDATE on this.

Side-note: It’s often frustrating that - because of differences of Enketo - the View mode cannot fully be used for testing of KoBoCollect forms.

Kind regards

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As the choices are the same in the second list, the first could be reused in the example of Kal_Lam.



It works, really appriciate

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Thanks it works

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@analucia_espinoza, @wroos, @FEMMMY, updating this post as the approach shared below could be a much better version than the option shared previously,

In the survey tab of your XLSForm:

In the choices tab of your XLSForm:


Data entry screen as seen in Enketo:

Reference XLSForm:

Select Multiple.xlsx (27.1 KB)

Dear ,(@Kal_Lam)

In displaying the response of the multiple select in kobo collect ( mobile ), the selected choices don’t appear together on a single page like in Enketo. I tried to put ’ field-list’ in ’ appearance column. Any solution? Regards

Welcome @Tadi
Often the search function of this forum can provide help and examples, e.g. How do i display the responses (in a note) that i made for a multiple response question? - #9 by wroos.
And more: Search results for 'display multiple response in a note' - KoboToolbox Community Forum.

Other general hint: It is recommended to always check your form with the Online validator during development and before deployment.

Thank you for the response. I indeed looked the suggested forum.

But I could not still figure out why the method provided by @Kal_Lam at the end DOES NOT WORK in displaying all the selected choices in single page in android kobo collect.

Or Is it not possible to display in android using this specific method?


You cannot use a repeat field-list inside a group, see Search results for 'hide options selected before' - KoboToolbox Community Forum.

Another solution is shown in my link above, line 15/16, using a read-only select instead of a note.