How do you set word limits to text answer

How do you set word limits on an excepted text answer; i.e., prevent the responder from typing in more than 500 words, for example.

Thank you in advance.

@cokoro, you should be able to do it as outlined in our support article Restricting Text Responses With Regular Expressions:

hi, i am trying to set word limits of 175 words, 350, and 650 for text answers - i used "regex(., ‘^\W*\w+\b\W*){175}$’) but it creates an error - does not allow me to put anything

Welcome back to the community, @anupah! Do you mean you are trying to limit the words to 175, or are you trying to limit the word to 175 or 350 or 650?

Thanks Kal - i have different word limits for different questions - i tried using the regex from the 3 word example but I can’t quite get it right ( my experience with regex and coding is very limited)

The W and w, relates to characters, not to complete words, as all regex expressions.

Could you provide more details, please:

  • Do you allow empty entry or is at least one word mandatory?
  • Is there a minimal and a maximal length for a “word”?
  • Do you really want to limit the number of words or the total length of text?
  • For ex.: Do you allow a text as " Aa b cD, and/or g’s 2nd k etc." (9 “words”?)

Workarounds: You may count separators between words like blancs/spaces. And you might try if string-length function works on a whole multi-word text field, see

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Thank you!! - I used this finally : regex(., ‘^\W*(\w+\b\W*){0,550}$’) and it works well - for ex. to et a limit of 550 words


@anupah, :clap: :heart: :partying_face: