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Google Forms Question Options: The Ultimate Guide for 2024

In this article, we will show you how to set up Google Forms Question options. Simply follow the process below. 

Google Forms Options

Multiple Choice Questions

Follow the process below to personalize multiple-choice questions in Google Forms and allow respondents to select only one option from a predefined list.

1. Create a Multiple Choice Question

To add a new question, click on the '+' icon on the right side of the Google Forms interface. In the question type drop-down menu, select 'Multiple Choice'. This allows respondents to choose one option from a list.

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2. Enter Question Text and Multiple Choice Answers

In the question field, type your query, such as "What is your favorite season?". Below the question, enter the possible answers: 'Spring', 'Summer', 'Autumn', 'Winter'. Click 'Add option' to input additional choices if needed.

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3. Access More Settings for Multiple Choice

Click on the three dots (More) icon at the bottom right of the question box. Here, you can access advanced settings like 'Shuffle option order' or set conditional logic with 'Go to section based on answer'.

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Checkbox Questions

Follow the process below to set up checkbox questions in Google Forms and enable respondents to select multiple answers from given options.

1. Start Checkbox Question Type

To create a question with multiple selectable answers, click '+' to add a new question and select 'Checkboxes' from the question type options. This format lets respondents select multiple answers.

2. Input Checkbox Question and Various Options

Type your question in the provided field, for example, "Which of the following fruits do you like?". Add each fruit as a separate option below the question, like 'Apples', 'Bananas', 'Oranges', 'Grapes', and 'Strawberries'.

3. Modify Checkbox Settings as Needed

For additional settings, click the three dots icon. You can enforce minimum or maximum choice limits through 'Response validation' or randomize the order of the options.

Short Answer Questions

Follow the process below to craft short answer questions in Google Forms.

1. Initiate a Short Answer Type Question

For brief, open-ended responses, select 'Short Answer' from the question type options after adding a new question. This format is ideal for concise answers.

2. Type in a Short Answer Question

In the question field, ask something straightforward, like "What is your favorite color?". This format expects a brief text response.

3. Optional: Set Data Validation for Short Answer

To ensure responses meet certain criteria, click the three dots icon and choose 'Response validation'. You can specify the answer to be a number, text, length, or a regular expression.

Paragraph Questions

Follow the process below to set up paragraph-type questions in Google Forms which is ideal for detailed and elaborate answers.

1. Choose Paragraph for Detailed Answers

For longer, detailed answers, select 'Paragraph' when adding a new question. This allows more space for respondents to elaborate.

2. Enter a Detailed Response Question

Ask a question that requires more in-depth answers, like "Describe your ideal vacation." The paragraph format gives respondents ample space to write more.

3. Optional: Specify Paragraph Response Requirements

To set specific response requirements, click on the three dots icon. You can enforce character or word limits through 'Response validation'.

Drop-down Questions

Follow the process below to create drop-down questions in Google Forms and present multiple choices.

1. Select the Drop-down for List-Based Answers

For a compact list of options, choose 'Drop-down' when adding a new question. This creates a drop-down menu of choices.

2. Set Up Drop-down Question and List Options

Type a question like "What is your preferred mode of transportation?". Below, list out the options such as 'Car', 'Bicycle', 'Train', 'Bus', 'Walking'.

3. Customize Drop-down with Additional Settings

To adjust the drop-down menu, click the three dots icon. Here, you can shuffle the order of options to randomize the list for each respondent.

Linear Scale Questions

Follow the process below to implement linear scale questions in Google Forms, which is usually used for gathering ratings or measuring preferences on a fixed scale.

1. Initiate a Linear Scale Question

For questions that require a rating, select 'Linear Scale'. This option is perfect for satisfaction surveys or preference scales.

2. Define Scale Range and Labels for Rating

Create a scale-based question like "How satisfied are you with your current mobile phone?". Set the scale (e.g., 1 to 5) and add labels to the lowest and highest points, such as 'Not satisfied' and 'Very satisfied'.

3. Further Customize Linear Scale Settings

For additional customization, click on the three dots icon. You can make the question mandatory or add description.

We hope that you now have a better understanding of how to set up different Google Forms question options. If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our article on the cost of Google Forms or our article on checkboxes vs multiple choice in Google Forms. If you want to know how to add email notifications to Google Forms, we also suggest checking out our detailed guide. 

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