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Branching in Google Forms: The Ultimate Guide for 2024

In this article, we will show you how to use branching in Google Forms in just a few clicks. Simply follow the steps below.

How to Set Up Branching in Google Forms

1. Add Questions to Your Form

Insert the questions you want to ask by typing them into the provided fields. As of writing, Google Forms only allows branching logic for multiple-choice and dropdown questions.

Let's say you are creating a registration form for a conference that has two options: Technical and Management. The question could be: “Which conference would you like to attend?”

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2. Create Sections for Branching

Use the "Add Section" button (looks like two stacked rectangles) at the bottom right of a question to add section breaks. Each section can represent a different path in your form's branching logic.

branching in google forms

Following our example, we will be adding 2 new sections for our options: one for the technical conference and one for the management conference. 

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3. Configure Your Question-Based Branching

Click on a multiple-choice or dropdown question that you want to trigger branching. Select "Go to section based on answer" from the three-dot menu on the lower right of the question. 

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4. Assign Each Answer to Their Corresponding Sections

Using the dropdown menu next to the options, we can then assign the answers to their respective sections to create a tailored path for the respondents. For our example, our branching logic would be as follows: 

branching google forms

5. Test Branching Logic Using the Preview Mode in Google Forms

Ensure your branching logic functions as intended by clicking the "Preview" button (the eye icon) at the top right of the form. Complete the form as a respondent would to verify that each answer leads to the correct subsequent section.

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We hope that this article has helped you and given you a better understanding of how branching in Google Forms works.

You might also like our articles on how to make Google Forms public and how to format text in Google Forms. To optimize your workflow better, we recommend reading our guide on sending Google Forms responses to email.