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Google Forms Date Range: The Ultimate Guide for 2024

In this article, we will show you how to manually set up Google Forms date range to specify acceptable dates for respondent answers. Simply follow the process below. 

Set up Google Forms Date Range

While Google Forms does not have a built-in date range feature for respondent answers, you can specify the desired date range in the question description or a separate text field.

Here’s how to set it manually:

1. Click '+' to Add 'Date' Type Question

To add a date question to your form, look for the "+" icon on the right-hand toolbar.

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Click it and a new question will appear. From the dropdown menu for question types, select "Date". This allows respondents to pick a date from a calendar in their response.

2. Add Description, Include Time and Year Options  

Once you have your date question, you can add more details. Click on the question to expand options. Here, you can write a description to guide respondents.

You also have the option to include time with the date or specify if the year is necessary. These options are particularly useful if the exact time or year is relevant to your form's purpose.

3. Clearly State Acceptable Dates

Google Forms doesn't allow for automatic date range validation for the 'Date' question. To guide respondents, use the description box of the date question to specify the range of dates that are acceptable. For instance, you could write, "Please select a date between [Start Date] and [End Date]."

4. Check Date Functionality With Eye Icon  

Before sending out your form, it’s important to test it. Click the eye icon at the top right of the page to preview your form as a respondent would see it.

Test the date question by selecting various dates to ensure everything appears as intended. This step is crucial for catching any mistakes or making final adjustments.

We hope that you now have a better understanding that while there is no built in feature for Google Forms date range, you can manually instruct users in the description box. If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our article on how to combine Google Forms or our article on expense tracker in Google Forms. If you want to know how to set up workflow approval in Google Forms, we also suggest checking out our detailed guide.

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