How to Create an Online Form Connected to Microsoft Excel Through Microsoft Forms
Similar to Google Forms, Microsoft also offers an integrated environment for collecting responses and store the results in a spreadsheet. In this article, discover how to create a Microsoft Form and connect it to Microsoft Excel.
Type the name of the form in the small textbox that will appear.
Step 2: Add questions by clicking Add new. A list of question formats will appear.
Here are the different question formats available in Microsoft Forms:
Choices: for multiple-choice questions. By default, only one choice can be selected. Enabling “Multiple answers” allows the user to select two or more choices.
Text: Allows short-form and long-form text response. By default, the text allows short-text responses.
Enabling the “Long answer” option widens the space to input the response.
Rating: Allows you to rate certain items from 1 to 5. By default, the ratings are set as stars.
You can change it to a set of radio buttons with values from 1 to 5 for better user accessibility.
Date: A special question format for inputting dates that are readable by Microsoft Excel.
Ranking: For arranging items according to certain criteria.
The arrows appear on the right side of the options that can be clicked while filling up the form.
Likert: used to assess the user’s agreement, approval, or the desirability of the given statements or options.
The options are usually set as follows:
Neither agree nor disagree
File upload: For submitting files such as documents. You can set both the number of files (up to 10 files) and the file size limit (10 MB, 100 MG, and 1 GB)
If you include a file upload question to the form, the form cannot be publicly accessed, and can only be accessed by other users from your organization (if the account that you use to construct this form is part of the Microsoft plan that your business uses).
Net Promoter Score: Used for asking whether you would recommend a certain service to a friend or colleague or not, rating it from 1 to 10, with the 10 qualitatively described as “extremely likely”. This is seen as a standard method of gauging the effectiveness of the service or product that a business offers.
Finally, you can group the questions together through the Section option, where you can label the sections in your form.
Step 3: You can use themes to make the form look better. Click Theme in the upper-right corner of Microsoft Forms.
A list of themes will appear, ranging from those with plain colored background to ones with aesthetic vector art.
Step 4: You can also modify the access settings by clicking the three dots on the upper-right of the Microsoft Forms. A list of options will appear. Click Settings.
A list of settings will appear, including access settings and options for responses.
Step 5: You can check your form will appear to respondents by clicking Preview in the upper-right corner of Microsoft Forms.
You can simulate the screen from either a desktop/laptop computer or from a mobile phone by clicking Computer or Mobile on the upper-right corner.
Simply click Back on the upper-left corner if you are done checking the preview.
Step 6: To distribute the form, click the Send button in the upper-right corner of Microsoft Forms. A sidebar will appear with the title Send and collect responses.
The options are as follows:
Anyone can respond: the form is open to anyone with the link, regardless of whether they have a Microsoft OneDrive account or not.
Only people in my organization can respond: only the Microsoft OneDrive accounts that are part of your business plan can access the form.
Specific people in my organization can respond: only specific users can access the form. A textbox appears where you can add the users’ email accounts.
Afterwards, you have four options of distributing it, in order of appearance of icons from left to right:
Link: a textbox with a generated link will appear that you can copy and paste to different places.
Email: an email app will open that includes the link to the form where you can write your email to be sent to the intended recipients of the form.
QR Code: If you plan to include an access to the form through posters and other printed media, the QR code generated can come in handy and can easily be added to the design.
Embed: If you want the form embedded in your blog or website, the code will be generated that you can paste to the webpage code.
How to check the results of your form and store it in an Excel spreadsheet
To check the results of your form, simply click the Responses tab. You can access both the summary of the results and the individual results. It also includes the average time to complete of all the users who completed the form.
To store the results in an Excel file, click Open in Excel.
A new tab will open, with Excel online loading the spreadsheet.
At this point you might wonder whether to use Microsoft Forms or Google Forms. The advantage of Microsoft Forms is that you can store the results in the Excel formats, giving you access to hundreds of functions through Excel online or through the installed Excel program in your computer.
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