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Lesson 3: Adjusting Your Settings

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Adjusting your settings

After you've created your form, you'll want to adjust its settings. Google Forms offers a variety of settings that allow you to customize how your recipients use and interact with your forms. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the different settings you can use.

To access the settings of your form, click the Settings icon in the top-right corner.

This will bring up the Settings menu with various options. You can toggle them on and off according to your preferences.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about the different settings for Google Forms.

edit hotspots

See Summary Charts and Text Responses

This allows your recipients to see a summary of the responses you've received so far. If you're gathering sensitive information, you may not want to use this because it would make responses available to everyone.

When to use these settings

To give you a better idea of when you might want to use some of these settings, let's take a look at a few real-world examples:

  • Julia is posting a survey for employees on her company's internal website. For this, she'll select Limit to 1 response so an employee can't complete the survey multiple times. She may also select See summary charts and text responses if she'd like for employees to be able to see the survey's current results.
  • George is creating an invitation for his wife's birthday party. He might want to select Edit after submit so invitees can change their RSVPs if something comes up. He could also select Collect email addresses so he can send out updates or reminders to everyone who responds.
  • Sarah is a teacher using Google Forms to schedule parent-teacher conferences. She could select Collect email addresses to gather parents' information for future contact. She may also want to use Response receipts, which would give parents a copy of the form, reminding them of the date and time of their conference.

Once you're happy with the settings you've chosen, you're ready to send your form to its recipients!

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