In this video, staff author Jess Stratton shows how to add questions to a Google form, including explaining all types of questions, and how to rearrange questions.
- [Instructor] This is how we left off our form when we created a blank form from scratch. Google Forms will automatically put in a first question for you. We're going to change this question. I'm going to click right inside of it to open up the question properties. Right now, it's defaulting to a multiple choice question. All the way on the right hand side, I'm going to click the triangle next to Multiple Choice. Here's where you can really see how powerful Google Forms is. These are all the choices of form types of questions that you can ask.
There are short answer questions, you can add a paragraph so that somebody can put in a large block of text, you can have multiple choice questions, check boxes, your members can choose from a dropdown list of choices, you can even have a linear scale, which is fantastic if your form is a rating system, such as one to five, from worst to best. You can have questions that's a multiple choice grid, and lastly, you can even have choices based off of a date and a time, such as a calendar picker.
In this case, I'm going to start my application with some very basic personal info. So I'll choose Short Answer for the first question. I'll click inside Untitled Question, and now I'll write Name. I have nothing to change in the Short Answer text field, and if I notice below the field, there's some more things that I can do with it. I can duplicate the question. I can also permanently delete it by clicking the trash can icon. I can toggle the Required switch on.
This means that people cannot submit the form unless they fill out this question. Finally, I can click the three dots next to Required. These choices are going to change based on the type of question that you're answering. For a short answer question, I can add a description, that is, some helper text, if it's a confusing question and people might need help answering it. I can also add Data Validation. This will allow me to specify the format of the reply, such as making sure a phone number is properly inputted.
I'm happy with this question, so I'm going to create a new one. I'm going to click Duplicate, because it's also going to be a short answer question. It's going to create an identical one below it, and you'll notice that the Name question now has a red asterisk next to it. That's because we made it required. I'm going to type in Address for this one. And I'll do one more and call it Email.
For Email, I could put in Data Validation. I'll click the three dots next to Required, choose Data Validation. And I'm going to make sure that they put in text that contains an at symbol. If the text does not contain an at symbol, I'm going to put in some custom error text. Please enter a valid email address. That's how easy it is to use Data Validation, to make sure that you have a nice, cleanly inputted form.
Let's add some more questions without duplicating them. To add questions, all the way on the right hand side, click the plus symbol. This is how you can add a question at any time. Let's create a Dropdown. I'll click the down arrow, and this time, I'm going to choose a dropdown list of choices. I'm going to add all the hours. I can keep clicking inside, adding options.
I can also make them smaller. At any time, I can delete an option by going all the way to the right hand side and clicking the X. I can also rearrange these choices by clicking the six dot grid and moving my choice up or down. Let's do one more item. This is going to be a required checkbox at the very end of the form, that acts as a signature confirmation.
I'll click the plus sign. Instead of a Multiple Choice question, I'm going to change it to a Checkbox. I'll call this one Confirmation. I'm going to type in a sentence. Finally, I'm going to make this required. I can scroll all the way to the top and look at my questions. I can rearrange any of them by hovering my mouse over a question, finding the six grid dots, and moving and dragging that question.
Because of this, I recommend going through and adding all of your questions in, no matter if you aren't sure where they're going to go in your survey.
- Creating a new form
- Adding questions, images, videos, and sections
- Using form templates
- Viewing response data