Gravity Forms sets the default value of dropdown fields to the first item in the list. This is not a problem except when you have a required field and you want to ensure that the user explicitly chooses a value and not have it chosen accidentally.

The solution is simple but if you don’t know what it is, it can lead to frustration and poor form design.

Solution: simply add a blank value to the top of the list.


This way, if the user does not select a value, Gravity Forms throws a validation error and forces the user to choose another non-blank value.

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