When i create a new form in SP Designer i am given the option to select the content type to use. My assumption is that when you select the content type that it will use that as the parent to create the new form. I.e. it will copy the fields and order them as they are laid out in that content type. I was also thinking that when using the form to submit a new item that it would show that it was submitting using that content type, but this is not the case.
What i'm experiencing is that if i select a content type on the Create New List Form screen (pictured below), it doesn't appear to do anything. It still uses the default content type to construct the form. When i submit using the form it lists the content type as the default and not the one i selected when i created the form.
Is this how it's supposed to function? And if so, what's the point of having this option? It doesn't appear that it does anything. I've ran into this issue several times when wanting to make a new form based on one i already had setup as a content type, but couldn't do so unless it was the default content type. I usually end up having to delete and reorder the fields in the code in order to structure the fields back to how i want them in the form. This works in some instances, but in some cases i'm using the content type to populate a hidden field so that i can later filter and sort based on which form they use. Am i going about this all wrong? Is there an easier way to duplicate a content type form to create a new one? Am i not understanding how this is supposed to function?