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How to Limit Checkbox Selection in Google Forms (2024 Update)

In this article, we will show you how to limit checkbox selection in Google Forms, such as selecting a minimum, maximum, or exact number of choices. Simply follow the process below. 

How to Limit Checkboxes in Google Forms

Select at Least a Specific Number of Options

Follow the steps below to select a minimum number of choices in your Google Forms survey by setting a 'select at least' limit on checkbox questions.

1. Add a Checkbox Question to Your Form

Begin by adding a new question type. Click the "+" icon and choose "Checkboxes". This enables a question where multiple choices can be selected.

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2. Type Your Question and List All Checkbox Options

In the question field, write your query. Below, enter each checkbox option on a new line, providing a range of choices for respondents.

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3. Configure Minimum Selection Limit in Response Validation

Click the more options (three dots) at the bottom right of the question box.

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Select "Response validation."

Then choose "Select at least" and set the minimum number of checkboxes that must be selected.

4. Preview Your Form to Test the 'Select at Least' Limit

Ensure the functionality works as intended by clicking the eye icon for preview mode.

Test your form by trying to submit responses with fewer selections than required and check for an error message.

Limit Selections to a Maximum Number

Follow the steps below to select a maximum number of choices in your Google Forms survey by setting a 'select at most' limit on checkbox questions.

1. Insert a Checkbox Question Type in Your Google Form

Select "Checkboxes" from the "+" icon to add a new question. This allows multiple selections in the question.

2. Fill in Your Question and Checkbox Options Clearly

Write your question and list the options for your checkbox question, ensuring clarity in each choice.

3. Apply Maximum Selection Limit via Response Validation Settings

After setting your question, click the more options (three dots).

Select "Response validation."

Then choose "Select at most" and enter the maximum number of allowed selections.

4. Preview the Form to Ensure the 'Select at Most' Function Works

Test your settings in preview mode by clicking the eye icon.

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Verify that respondents cannot select more options than your set limit.

Exact Number of Checkbox Selections

Follow the steps below to select an exact number of choices in your Google Forms survey by setting a 'select exactly' limit on checkbox questions.

1. Choose Checkbox Question Format for Your Query

Start by adding a "Checkboxes" type question using the "+" icon, suitable for questions requiring a specific number of selections.

2. Write Down Your Question and Provide Specific Options

Enter your question and list the checkbox options below it, with each option on a separate line.

3. Set Up Exact Number Selection in Response Validation

For exact selection requirements, click on more options (three dots).

Select "Response validation."

Then "Select exactly" and input the exact number of required selections.

4. Test the Exact Selection Requirement in Preview Mode

Check the functionality in preview mode, accessible via the eye icon.

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Ensure the form prompts an error if the exact number of selections is not made.

We hope that you now have a better understanding of how to limit checkbox selection in Google Forms. If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our article on how to create a timesheet in Google Forms or our article on how to change fonts in Google Forms. If you want to know how to send Google Form responses to multiple emails, we also suggest checking out our detailed guide. 

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