Creating a Form

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 13, 2014)

One of the powerful collaboration tools provided in Google Drive is the ability to create forms to solicit input from others. The Google Forms app is a great way to create your own short survey so you can get feedback from others in your group or organization. The tool allows you to easily set up questions and view responses in a spreadsheet.

To create a form, follow these general steps:

  1. Log into Google Drive as you normally would.
  2. Click the Create button (left side of the screen) and then click Form. The Form app is started and you are asked to choose a title and theme. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. Picking a title and theme for your form.

  4. In the Title box, enter a descriptive title.
  5. Click once on whatever theme you think appropriate for your form's audience.
  6. Click the OK button. Form displays the question creation screen. (See Figure 2.)
  7. Figure 2. Setting up questions for your form.

  8. The Question Title box is where you type the question you want the user to see.
  9. Use the Question Type drop-down list to specify the type of answer you are seeking to the question. (As of this writing Form accommodates nine different question types.)
  10. Set up any possible answers to your question. For instance, if your question is multiple choice, define the choices to be presented to the user.
  11. When completed with your question click the Done button.
  12. Use the Add Item drop-down list to set up any other questions. (For each you'll need to repeat steps 6 through 9).
  13. Click Choose Response Destination (near the top of the screen) so you can specify where responses should be aggregated. Normally this will be to a spreadsheet; you simply need to provide the name you want to use for that spreadsheet.
  14. When you are satisfied with your form, click Send Form. Form then provides you with a link to the form (which you can distribute as you see fit) or you have Form send invitations via e-mail on your behalf.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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