Cool Forms! NCAA March Madness Bracket


This week’s cool InfoPath form is a browser form used to run a bracket tournament at Microsoft. The form uses filtered dropdowns to let users make their picks for NCAA March Madness 2010, and uses conditional formatting to show correct and incorrect picks as the tournament progresses. There’s also a printable view that shows the full bracket on one page, making it easy to print your bracket and show it off to your co-workers.


The form contains several data connections to SharePoint lists containing participants and results, which means that updating the results is as simple as editing a SharePoint list item, and doesn’t involve changing the form at all.


Edit View (click to see larger image):


Edit View


Display View (click to see larger image):


Display View


Print View (click to see larger image):


Print View


For details on how we created the filtered dropdowns in this form, see Use Rules and Filters to Create Cascading Dropdowns.


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  • Attach 1 or 2 screenshots of your form

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Comments (6)

  1. consumer4beta@hotmail.com says:

    Can the InfoPath team please write a blog post on why InfoPath was differentiated into Filler and Designer for 2010? What’s the point of 2 shortcuts that start the same EXE?

  2. infopath says:

    The reason for having 2 separate entry points is to clearly distinguish between the form filling and form designing mode by allowing users to explicitly make a choice to launch the filler or designer. This simplifies the user experience by only showing the commands relevant to the current task.

  3. Chav says:

    Is there a link to the actual form and it's associated data connections that have been saved as a site template?

  4. pablo says:

    I agree with Chav . . . please provide this form in template form for developmental practice

  5. Rengaw says:

    where can I DL this ?

  6. Matt says:

    Can someone provide a link for download?