What are Forms in Lists? What are the Forms available in Lists? And What is "InfoPath"? How is it related to Forms?
With regards to SharePoint, there are 3 forms for each list. These are the
NewForm (adding a new item to the list),
EditForm (editing an existing item in the list), and the
DispForm (or Display Form, which is just viewing the list entry). With SharePoint Enterprise, you can edit the appearance of how these forms look if you don't like the default SharePoint forms, and this editing is done through Microsoft InfoPath. You can also set up rules for certain fields (like a Time In cannot be before a Time Out) to make your form safer.
Now what is InfoPath? InfoPath is a form designer which allows the designer to establish and create data connections for fields in a SharePoint list, SQL database, etc. Microsoft actually has 2 InfoPath applications: InfoPath Designer, and InfoPath Filler. InfoPath Filler basically allows for data to be entered in the published form's fields and submitted to wherever the data connection exists.
Hope this helps you understand.
Forms for List / Library like
Add - Edit - Display that can be customized by InfoPath.
By default, when creating or editing items, all of the fields in the list appear in a basic two-column layout table. this is the default New Form show all fields below each other as shown.
And this is the New form look likes after simple customization using InfoPath
InfoPath is not used to only customize and brand GUI form , but you can use it for form validation , and create rules ... etc.
- to use Infopath services you must have a SharePoint EnterPrise Edition.
- Also, there is not InfoPath 2016 for more details check SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016 in SharePoint Server 2016, What’s the alternatives ?