How to Make a Google Form

Google Forms is perhaps the easiest and quickest way to conduct surveys and quizzes. The form is simple to create and easy to fill out.

Here are the steps you need to follow to create a Google form.

Note: In this article, we’ll discuss how to make a form using the Google Forms website. However, you can also create a form using another Google Workspace app, like Google Sheets or Drive.

Creating a new Google Form

The simplest way is to create forms directly from the Google Forms website. First, you must sign in to your Google account to use Forms. Then, you can either start a blank document or select from the existing templates. These templates are subdivided into three categories: Personal, Work, and Education.

Ready-to-use templates are beneficial when short on time. But making your own form with a personal touch is always a good option.

  1. Click the blank icon to create a new document.

    Google Forms homepage
    Click on the blank icon.
  2. Next, give your form a title and a description.

    Blank Google Form
    Add title and description to your form.

Adding Questions

Adding questions is the first step in creating a form. Click the plus sign in the “floating menu” to add a new question.

You can organize each question and customize its titles and descriptions. Other options in the floating menu include uploading photos and videos.

Google Forms floating menu
Choose options from the floating menu.

These are the types of questions you can ask:

Google Forms question fields
Choose the question type from the drop-down menu.
  1. Short answer: This type of question allows for a single-line answer. You can set a custom error message to show when the answer is too long.
  2. Paragraph: Paragraph questions allow multiple-line text answers. This can be checked with a minimum or maximum length or a regular expression.
  3. Multiple choice: A multiple-choice question displays all options but enables a single answer.
  4. Checkboxes: Permit respondents to select more than one option. In both checkboxes and multiple-choice, the respondent can fill in “other”.
  5. Drop-down: In contrast to multiple-choice (where each answer is displayed separately), in this field, each option is hidden inside the menu until it is selected.
  6. File upload field: Allows respondents to upload a file from their Google Drive. You can limit the file types, sizes, and whether multiple files can be uploaded at once.
  7. Linear scale: Based on this question type, the response scale starts from one or zero and goes up to ten.
  8. Date field: Allows respondents to insert a date.
  9. Time field: Allows respondents to insert a date.

Dividing the form into sections

The floating menu has the option to divide the form into sections. Each section can have a unique title and a description. You can duplicate, move, or delete any section using the options at the bottom.

Google Forms section division
Click the Add Section icon in the floating menu.

You can arrange the order of the sections to make navigation through your form easier. There is a drop-down menu at the bottom of each section that allows respondents to advance to the next section or redirect them to any section in the form.

Google Forms section selection
Set the section order from the drop-down menu.

Customizing Theme

In the top-right corner, you’ll find an option to customize your form’s theme. This allows you to alter the font style, color, and background color and add images to the header.

Google Forms theme options
Click on the Palette icon.

Setting up Responses

After Questions, the next tab to focus on is Responses. This tab manages how you receive your Google Form results (responses) after users fill it.

It lets you set up email notifications for new responses and durations for accepting responses. You can also create a spreadsheet to download and print responses.

Google Forms Responses tab
Click the three-dot icon in the Responses tab.

Form Settings

From the Settings tab, you can convert your form into a quiz. This allows you to assign points, set answers, and provide feedback to users automatically.

Google Forms quiz settings
Toggle on “Make this a quiz.”

Under the “Responses” section, you can decide whether to:

  • collect email addresses from the respondents.
  • send a copy of the responses.
  • allow multiple submissions from a single account.
  • allow users to edit their answers after submitting them.
Manage responses from Settings tab.
Manage responses from the Settings tab.
Google Forms presentation settings
Click the down arrow to view the presentation settings.

You can also choose to shuffle the order of the questions and show a progression bar. You can also edit the confirmation message users receive after completing the form.

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