How to create a Web Questionnaire Form in 5 minutes?

Have you ever tried to create a Web Questionnaire Form?  If yes, then you know the pain in creating, maintaining, sharing and gathering the results.  But Google Docs makes life easier through its Forms.  In this post, you can find out how to use Forms and create a Questionnaire is 5 minutes!

Create a Web Questionnaire Form

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Go to http://docs.google.com and login with your Google username.  Select to Create a New Form.

A Form is a questionnaire page that can host a series of questions with various options to answer them.  Prepare questions beforehand and use the forms to design the questionnaire.

 

Give a Name for your form and also a Description for end users to identify the objective.

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Then you can start adding questions using the Add Question button at the top.

While adding questions you can choose to make it mandatory and also choose from the following answer formats:

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Text and Paragraph Text can be useful for subjective questions.  Multiple Choice provides radio buttons and Checkboxes provide multiple options to choose from.  Scale can be used to rate a question and List can be used to provide a range of options.

 

Following is an example on how a question with multiple choices can be created.

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Here is how a sample Web Questionnaire form looks like.  You can easily rearrange questions by dragging and dropping them in appropriate locations.  Also Edit and Remove are highly intuitive.

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You can also Edit the Confirmation message that is displayed on form submit.  To do this, select More actions > Edit Confirmation on the right top corner.

Share the Questionnaire

Once created, you can share the questionnaire with users in one of the following ways.

  • Email the form by selecting Email this Form on the right top corner
  • Embed the form by selecting More actions > Embed and copying the HTML code on the required web page
  • Copy the URL of the Form from bottom of the page and sending it through Email or Chat

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Following is how the Form looks when accessed using the URL.  Isn’t it so neat and intuitive?

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You can access the sample form I had created at this URL – http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pUehfq3lTkylf0zRfaDT3QQ

Gather Results

Once users start answering the questions, you can view the responses either as a Summary with detailed report represented using Charts or in a Spreadsheet.

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So you never have to manually gather responses and arrive at the results.

Thus, Google Docs Forms greatly simplifies Web Questionnaire creation, sharing and gathering results.  It is highly simple and very intuitive, even for non-geeks.

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Comments

  1. ashwin_c says

    @Busby SEO Test
    Thanks. Google forms is much robust and easy to develop than MS Word. Also you can track the responses with great ease.

  2. ashwin_c says

    Thanks a lot for the feedback! Greatly appreciated. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

    Regards,
    Ashwin

  3. ashwin_c says

    Thanks xristos. Nice to know that it was helpful. Keep visiting often for more useful stuff.

    Regards,
    Ashwin

  4. Martine says

    Can you let me know if it is possible to have the layout of the questionnaire adapted ? I want for example to ask their address in a typical address format and not one question at a time. Is that possible ?

  5. Martine says

    Can you tell me if it is possible to change the layout of the questionnaire. I want for example to ask their address in a typical address layout and not one question at a time.

  6. noosheen says

    i have created a questionnaire but when i click on the link the submit button is not available :-(

  7. Ruby Kitam says

    Hi Ashwin,

    I m in the midst of completing my e-book. I want to provide a SKILLS ASSESSMENT TEST consists of ten criteria, example communication skills, leadership skills etc. to my future readers. At the end of the test, the reader shall be informed on their strengths and weaknesses on each criteria – at the end of all tests, they can summarize all results and determine the GAP between their current level and desired result (I may need to show this result using chart/graph). I have all relevant informations to develop the questions/answers.

    I m new to google documents – appreciate your valuable feedback.

    Thanks.
    Ruby Kitam

  8. karen says

    Is there a way at all of having google email you when someone has submitted a response to a form created through google documents? either emailing you the completed form or telling you its there if log on?

    Thanks

  9. Blane says

    Hi does the google docs allow me to terminate the questionnaire if it is not applicable for the respondent? for example imagine I have 20 questions and question number 5 asks whether you form part of any of the following insurance agencies? if yes continue the survey (with the remaining 15 questions) and if not terminate the questionnare there. Is it possible?

  10. says

    It is great to find such creative way of designing questionaire form from Google. I advise all researchers to get access to google and to invite the page entitled “google quistionaire form”, so that time for collectining data from respondents will be very easy and dont need time to be spend.
    Regard for all google teams

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