How to create a survey using Google Forms

How to create a survey using Google Forms
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Knowing how to make a poll on Google Forms is incredibly useful as it gives users an easy way to create a survey with as many questions as they need to ask, in a variety of styles. From planning an event to getting anonymous answers to tough questions, there are a ton of useful things you can do with Google Forms. 

From multiple-choice questions to linear scales, Google Forms gives you a variety of options for asking questions. You can also decorate your survey to fit its theme and opt to make certain questions mandatory.

How to make a poll on Google Forms

While Google Forms surveys are typically sent and answered via email, you can also have people fill in answers on a web page, embed the questionnaire on a site and share it via social media. Here are step-by-step instructions for creating a survey with Google Forms.  

1. Navigate to and click Blank. Google Forms has a number of pre-made templates to choose from, and you can view them all by clicking More.

2. Name your survey. You can also add a description. If you want to name the Google Form for your own reference, click Untitled form in the top left corner to edit.

3. Tap on Untitled Question and write a question.

4. Click Multiple choice.

5. Select an option for how the question will be answered. For all options except for Short answer, Paragraph, Date and Time, you'll have to write in options for answers.

  • Short answer and Paragraph give recipients a blank field to fill in.
  • Multiple choice lets users select one answer from a series of options, while Checkboxes allows users to select multiple answers.
  • Dropdown gives recipients a field to click that reveals a menu they will select an answer from.
  • Linear scale allows users to answer by selecting a rating from a range such as 1 to 5.
  • Date and Time allow recipients to select a date or time.

6. Click the side menu icons to add to your survey.

  • The Plus button adds another question. 
  • The Tt button lets you add a section title and description.
  • The Photo and Video buttons allow you to illustrate your survey.
  • The two rectangles icon allows you to break your survey up by sections.

7. Click the Required switch to make a question mandatory. Click the duplicate or trash icons to clone or erase the question.

8. Repeat steps 3 through 7 as necessary. 

9. Click the Palette icon to change your survey's color or add a photo to the header.

10. Click the Eye icon to preview your survey.

11. Click the Gear icon to access survey settings.

12. Click Send.

13. Enter recipients. Check off "Include form in email" if you want your respondents to answer questions from their email client. Not all clients support this. Outlook, for example, will make you click a button to open the survey in a browser.

14. Fill in a subject line and message. People typically need a little coaxing to answer a survey.

15. Click Send. If you want to share the survey via hyperlink, it can be found by clicking the link icon. To get code for embedding the survey on a website, click the <> icon. You can also share the survey via social media with the Facebook and Twitter buttons. 

Now that your survey is sent, its audience will have to answer. To see what your recipients said, click on Responses.

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